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Egypt: State Litigation Authority Rejects Request to Suspend a TV Show

(May 22, 2015) On May 19, 2015, Egypt’s State Litigation Authority rejected a petition submitted by Al Azhar (the main religious institution in Egypt) to suspend a television program. The petition accused the show’s host of deliberately criticizing religious symbols and influencing Muslims to doubt their beliefs. (A Memo of the State Litigation Authority Rejects […]

Egypt: NGOs Protest Decree Defining Terrorist Organizations

(May 5, 2015) On May 1, 2015, non-governmental organizations officially protested Egypt’s presidential decree containing Law No. 8 of 2015, on identifying terrorist organizations. The NGOs claim that under the broad definition in the Law, some NGOs might be targeted as terrorist organizations by the security apparatus. (Jihad Abaza, New Law Preserves ‘Catastrophic Provisions’: Rights […]

Egypt: American Citizen Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Terrorism-Related Crimes

(Apr. 16, 2015) On April 11, 2015, the Criminal Court of Cairo found an American citizen of Egyptian descent, Mohamed Sultan, guilty of multiple offenses. The Court, headed by Chief Justice Mohamed Nagi Shihata, imposed the penalty of life imprisonment on Sultan after finding him guilty of the following crimes: 1) joining a terrorist organization; […]

Egypt: Disciplinary Board Forces 41 Judges into Retirement for Practicing Politics

(Mar. 25, 2015) On March 14, 2015, Egypt’s Disciplinary Board of Judges issued a decision dismissing 41 judges for their involvement in political activities. During what is known as the “June 30 Revolution,” an uprising in 2013 protesting the rule of Mohamed Morsi, those judges had signed a statement endorsing the former President, who was […]

Egypt: Criminal Court Gives Head of Muslim Brotherhood a Death Sentence

(Mar. 19, 2015) On March 16, 2015, the Criminal Court of Cairo handed down a death sentence to Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie. Badie was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and inciting violence. The court also sentenced 13 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood organization to death. The court had referred the case to […]

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 […]