Ministry of Justice to focus more on Egypt’s rights in international protocols
Youssef al-Qaradawy - YOUM7 (Archive)
By NOURHAN HASSAN and REHAB NABIL

CAIRO: The Ministry of Justice is currently planning new strategies to reinforce Egypt’s position in protocols to be signed with other countries, Deputy Minister of Justice for international cooperation affairs Adel Fahmy told Youm7 on Thursday.

The ministry will begin by assigning a delegation of ministerial representatives, which will head to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to review all the cooperative contracts that will be established between Egypt and other Arab and foreign countries

The committee should also involve state affiliated and monitoring institutions and should cover all legal, security and rightful aspects of the deals before they are signed, to ensure Egypt’s rights, Fahmy said.

Fahmy further stated that until the present time, the ministry has not received any requests from the Attorney General regarding the handing over of wanted fugitives such as Youssef al-Qaradawy or Tarek al-Zomor, who have escaped to Qatar.

As a result, an official at the ministry revealed to Youm7 that there would be a review of the protocol between Egypt and Qatar to check if there could be any law that stipulates the surrender of fugitives.

Following major tensions in the relations between the two countries, due to Qatar’s stances following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, relations have strained even more with the withdrawal of the Saudi Arabian, Bahrai and UAE ambassadors and envoys from Qatar.

Qatar’s unwavering position puts it as risk of alienating itself from neighboring and wider circles, and speculations have already been raised over Qatar’s potential dismissal or the freezing of its membership in the GCC and the Arab League.

Originally published in Youm7.

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