Egypt Press Review: Oct. 19
By THE CAIRO POST

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Youm7 reported the content of a visit by former Minister of Defense Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to former President Hosni Mubarak, where the latter severely blamed Tantawi for “allowing” the jailing of his two sons, Gamal and Alaa. Tantawi said the U.S. pressured the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) politically, economically and militarily, and that the Muslim Brotherhood was able to direct protesters at Tahrir Square during the January 25 Revolution in 2011.

Mubarak claimed that he “surprised” SCAF when he independently resigned, and that SCAF asked him to leave the country, but he refused.

Also,

  • Four alleged Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested in Cairo’s Shubra—known for its large Coptic population—while filming a video in which they pretended to be Copts criticizing the regime. Police investigations claim the defendants were paid by Al Jazeera to shoot the video to later broadcast it on the channel in an attempt to promote the idea that Egypt is suffering “sectarian strife.” The four defendants allegedly raised suspicion among neighborhood residents, who reported the incident to the police.
  • The March 9 Movement, which is primarily composed of university professors, stated that Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab promised them he would not adopt a controversial amendment to the Universities Law. The proposed amendment gives the right to the head of each university to refer any professor to investigation.

Al-Ahram

Al-Ahram

Sudanese Ambassador Abdel Mahmoud Abdel Hali told Al-Ahram that the Egyptian-Sudanese summit in Cairo is a “breakthrough” in bilateral relations. President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will discuss a free trade zone for the newly inaugurated Qastal-Ashkit border crossing.

Also,

  • The Ministry of Manpower is collaborating with other ministries to provide medical insurance for 18,000 people at the “New Suez Canal Project.” The Ministry of Health established three field hospitals at the site of the digging, where the majority of the workers’ health issues are related to sunstroke and scorpion stings.

 Al-Shorouq

Al-Shorouq 

Seven consultant offices are competing in a tender put forward by the National Technical Committee to draft a study on the implications of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The committee, which includes Egyptian, Ethiopian and Sudanese members, agreed to extend the deadline of the roadmap agreed upon regarding the construction of the dam by a month. The extension aims to provide adequate time for the winning office to prepare a detailed study from November to April.

Also,

  • A Cairo International Airport employee was fined 10,000 EGP ($1,400) for catcalling a female passenger, who then reported the incident to the airport police.
  • The largest military training maneuver in Egypt’s history is underway until Nov. 6, and is “not directed” at anyone.

 Al-Akhbar

Al-Akhbar

Former military police head Hamdy Badeen testified at the trial of former President Mohamed Morsi on charges of a wide-scale prison break during the January 25 Revolution in 2011.

Badeen claimed the military police investigated Palestinians and other foreigners who were arrested at the Tahrir Square sit-in. Seventy-two Palestinian defendants are being tried in absentia in this case on charges of breaking into prisons to free Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah members.

Former 2nd Field Army head Mohamed Hegazy said that while Egypt suffered a major security gap during the revolution, the Palestinian defendants may not necessarily have infiltrated through the border with the Gaza Strip.

Also,

  • Two suspects were arrested in the Delta City of Mansoura, and reportedly confessed that they were trained by the jihadist “Islam Army” in Syria and returned to Egypt to recruit youth. The defendants allegedly said the recruits were to receive training in Libya and Syria to perpetrate “operations” in Egypt.

 Al-Masry Al-Youm

Al-Masry Al-Youm

The Ministry of Interior claimed it arrested 52 suspects who belong to eight terrorist cells in possession of weapons, highly explosive materials and large sums of money in six governorates. Four of them were implicated in the bombing of electric and cell phone towers and others were implicated in attacks against security forces.

Also,

  • Eight suspects were detained in Arish, North Sinai, on charges of perpetrating an explosion that killed three officers in the area on Thursday.
  • The Copts of Egypt Coalition demanded President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi found a new “ministry of citizenship” to ensure equality between all religious and ethnic groups in the country.
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