7pm News Wrapup June 2
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

The jury members of the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters Monday adjourned to June 16 the consideration of appeal filed by Lawyer Samir Sabry to label Qatar as a country that supports terrorism.

The Cairo Criminal Court Monday decided to adjourn the trial of former President Mohamed Morsi and several Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges of espionage to June 16. The trial has been postponed to hear witness testimonies in a closed session.

The Ministry of Interior is monitoring social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to track bomb makers.

Politics:

The committee on parliamentary election law amendments will increase the quota for the number of women in Parliament to 6 percent, or 40 seats.

Former President Hosni Mubarak’s lawyer Farid al-Deeb denied Sunday evening the claims made by media outlets that Mubarak called on probable president-elect Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to give him a presidential pardon.

There is rising controversy over the legislation commission of the State Council preparing drafts of the parliamentary elections and political rights laws.

Business:

Egypt’s joining of the Cape Town Convention will open new opportunities for the aviation industry since it may open up financing for companies seeking to rent or purchase planes, Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal announced Sunday.

The Cabinet decided to amend a tax on stock market profits after the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) plunged when the tax was announced last week, recording its biggest daily loss in almost a year Sunday.

In-depth:

The Ministry of Agriculture will expand cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants to revitalize the pharmaceutical industry in Egypt and increase state revenues for medicines and medicinal plants.

On May 20, a court in Alexandria upheld a two-year jail sentence against Mahinour el-Masry, 28, and while many of her supporters are demanding her release on social media sites, there are dozens of other detainees neglected by activists.

Editor’s picks:

9 mummies found in newly discovered ancient Nubian tomb.

Private channels biased in favor of a certain presidential candidate: evaluation report.

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