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Egypt: Administrative Court Postpones Parliamentary Election Due to Unconstitutionality of Election Law

(Mar. 9, 2015) On March 2, 2015, the administrative court of Cairo, Egypt, issued a decision postponing the country’s parliamentary elections until the law regulating the distribution of constituencies is rectified. (Yara Bayoumy, Stephen Kalin, & Mahmoud Mourad, Egypt Court Defers Parliamentary Election, REUTERS (Mar. 3, 2015).) Two days earlier, the Supreme Constitutional Court had […]

Egypt: Council of Ministers Approves New Amendment to Code of Criminal Procedure

(Feb. 25, 2015) On February 18, 2015, the Council of Ministers of Egypt approved a draft law issued by the country’s President to amend articles 277 and 289 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The newly amended articles are on the authority of the court to hear or exclude witnesses’ testimony during hearings. (Ahmed al […]

Egypt: Criminal Court Sentences Political Activist to Life Imprisonment

(Feb. 11, 2015) The Criminal Court of Cairo, a chamber of the Cairo Court of Appeal, recently found political activist Ahmed Douma guilty of attacking police officers, vandalism, arson, and damaging public buildings. Douma was convicted of the additional charges of rioting, inciting violence, and burning the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology building […]

Egypt: Mass Trial Results in Death Sentences for 183 Defendants

(Feb. 5, 2015) The Felony Court of Giza, Egypt, headed by Judge Mohammed Naji Shehata, on February 2, 2015, in the case dubbed the “massacre of Kerdasa,” issued a death sentence against 183 defendants and a not-guilty verdict for two others. The Court also condemned a minor to a ten-year term of imprisonment and dropped […]

Egypt: Al Jazeera Journalists Deported

(Feb. 4, 2015) On January 31, 2015, the Egyptian authorities deported two foreign journalists who had been imprisoned for the past year. The two journalists, who worked for Al Jazeera’s English-language service, are Peter Greste, an Australian citizen, and Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian Canadian. Fahmy had to renounce his Egyptian citizenship to be able to […]

Egypt: Court of Cassation Accepted Petition from Al Jazeera Journalists

(Jan. 8, 2015) On January 1, 2015, the Court of Cassation, the highest judicial body in the Egyptian court system, accepted the petition for a retrial submitted by the defense lawyer for a group of Al Jazeera journalists who had been detained in December 2013. The Court of Cassation has the authority to scrutinize decisions […]

Bahrain; Egypt: Memorandum of Understanding on Joint Legal Cooperation Signed

(Dec. 19, 2014) On December 4, 2014, the Egyptian Attorney General, Hisham Barakat, and his Bahraini counterpart, Attorney General Ali Fadl al-Bouainine, signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of legal cooperation. (The Signing of a Memorandum of Legal Cooperation Between Egypt and Bahrain, AKHDARELYOM (Dec. 4, 2014) (in Arabic).) This cooperation comes within […]

Egypt: Court of Appeal Dismisses Theft Charges Against Boy for Stealing Bread

(Dec. 17, 2014) On December 10, 2014, the Court of Appeal in Bani Swief, south of Cairo, Egypt, dismissed theft charges against a nine-year-old boy who had been charged with stealing five loaves of bread. The first instance court had found the boy guilty of a crime under article 311 of the Penal Code and […]

Egypt: Criminal Court Drops Charges Against Mubarak

(Dec. 10, 2014) On November 29, 2014, the Cairo Court of Appeal dismissed all charges against former President Hosni Mubarak and his Minister of the Interior (homeland security), Habib al Adly. The court found Mubarak and Adly not guilty of the offenses of attempted murder, first degree murder, and conspiracy to commit murder. According to […]

Egypt: Council of Ministers Approves a Draft Law Identifying Terrorist Entities

(Dec. 3, 2014) On November 26, 2014, the Council of Ministers of Egypt approved a draft law regulating the process of identifying individuals, entities, and organizations that are deemed to be a threat to national security by the Egyptian government. This draft law is the first legal instrument in Egypt to regulate the process of […]