Egypt Press Review: June 30
Egyptian Press
By RANY MOSTAFA

Youm7 press

Youm7

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Sunday ratified the amended state budget for the financial year 2014/15, with the deficit forecasted to stand at 10 percent of the country’s GDP (LE240 billion),

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  • Security forces reinforced their presence and accelerated their ongoing crackdown on North Sinai terror groups in retaliation of a terrorist attack that killed 4 soldiers in Rafah Saturday.
  • Attorney General Hisham Barakat referred Sunday Mohamed Suliman, a 25 year-old Egyptian and two Israelis, including an intelligence officer to criminal court on charges of spying for the state of Israel. Suliman is in custody while the two Israelis are fugitives and will be tried in absentia.

Al-Ahram press

Al-Ahram

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the explosion that hit a government telecommunications building under construction in 6 October district Saturday. The blast killed a 10-year-old girl.

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Aswan Governorate hall witnessed Sunday hugging and shaking hands between leaders of the tribes of the Nubian Daboud and Beni Helal amid feelings of joy during a press conference.

Akhbar press

Al-Akhbar

An Egyptian court sentenced Sunday 16 members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to three years in prison for rioting in Cairo’s district of Roxy nearby the presidential palace against the constitutional referendum held in mid-January.

They were accused of assaulting public and private property, joining the MB group and trying to disrupt the vote on the constitution.

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  • Alexandria court set July 20 for the hearing session of award-winning human rights lawyer and leftist activist Mahienour al-Massry who was jailed in May over a protest last year outside a court during the trial of the two policemen accused of killing Khaled Saeed, an icon of the January 25 Revolution.

Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

On the occasion of Ramadan, the Ministry of Tourism launched “Ramadan Zaman”, a series of religious and cultural festivals and carnivals on El-Mo’iz Street in the heart of Islamic Cairo.

The Wust El-Balad soft rock band and the Reda folkloric troupe performed in the festival’s first day.

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  • Several political parties will participate in the first anniversary of the 30 June Revolution by organizing an open buffet Iftar and Suhur in several squares across Egypt.

Al-Shorouq press

Al-Shorouq

Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court adjourned to September 13 the trial of 23 protesters accused of violating the protest law when they marched to Itihadya presidential palace earlier this month

The defendants, including political activists, members of 6 April Movement and award-winning human rights researcher Yara Sallam face charges of vandalism and cutting off roads while protesting against the protest law.

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  • Ministry of Endowment banned a number of well-known imams from performing the daily Ramadan prayers (“taraweeh”) and replaced them by Ministry of Endowment’s imams. Hatem Farid, who has been leading prayers in Alexandria’s mosque of Al-Qaed Ibrahim for eight years is among the banned imams.
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