UPDATE: Egypt’s Politics digest June 23:EgyptAir plane hijack suspect claims Egyptian authorities tortured, killed Regeni
EgyptAir plane hijack suspect Seif Eddin Mustafa, 59, 2nd left, with t-shirt is escorted by Cyprus police officers as he arrives in a court in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, April 22, 2016. Mustafa described as "psychologically unstable" hijacked a flight on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, from Egypt to Cyprus and threatened to blow it up. His explosives turned out to be fake, and he surrendered with all passengers released unharmed after a bizarre six-hour standoff. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

CAIRO: No more browsing site to site, you can have a look for Egypt’s political stop stories on June 23 here:

EgyptAir plane hijack suspect claims Egyptian authorities tortured, killed Regeni

Egyptian citizen Mostafa Seif El Din, currently standing trial in Cyprus on charges of hijacking an EgyptAir passenger jet, told the court on Thursday the Egyptian government “must have tortured and murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni,” the Associated Press reported.

Seif El Din claimed that he has seen Regeni interrogated in a Cairo prison.

The defendant appealed a Cypriot court decision to extradite him to Egypt upon a request by the Attorney General Nabil Sadek. Egypt has given its assurances that Mustafa will receive a fair trial.

Egypt’s 1st Mistral helicopter carrier arrives in Alexandria

A Mistral-Class helicopter carrier, one of two that Egypt has purchased from France, has arrived in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria Thursday after participating in a joint naval exercise in France earlier this week, Youm7 reported.

Last year, Egypt and France have signed a $1 billion deal on two Mistral helicopter carriers. The second carrier will arrive in Egypt in September.

2 Palestinian militants killed in army raids in North Sinai: source

Two Palestinian militants were killed in North Sinai in raids carried out by the Egyptian armed forces during the past two days, military source told Youm7.

Investigations showed the two “extremely dangerous” militants have infiltrated through tunnels linking between Gaza Strip and the Egyptian border city of Rafah, the source added.

Mistral-class helicopter carrier to arrive in Alexandria Thursday after maneuver in France

Mistral-class helicopter carrier Gamal Abdel Nasser will arrive in Alexandria Thursday after a 14-day journey from France where it participated in a maritime maneuver, Youm7 reported.

Parliamentary coalition 25-30 rejects budget proposed by cabinet

The parliamentary coalition of 25-30 has rejected the 2016/2017 budget proposed by the government and will discuss it next week, MP Mohamed Abdel Ghany told Youm7 Thursday.

The budget does not allocate the constitutional quota for education, health and scientific research, Abdel Ghany said.

HRW calls on Egypt to release Street Children satirists

Human Rights Watch called on Egypt to release the four detained members of the satirical group Street Children who were arrested last month over video commenting on Egyptian politics.

MPs meet with EU’s Deborah Berhamini to discuss democratic transition

An Egyptian parliamentary delegation met Wednesday with Deborah Bergamini, the European Union Member responsible for drafting a report on the democratic transition and human rights in Egypt to discuss the situation in the country in the past five years, Al-Ahram reported.

Saudi Arabia may not appeal ruling on Red Sea islands: former appeal court head

Saudi Arabia is ineligible to appeal the ruling of the Court of Administrative Judiciary that stipulates that Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir are Egyptian, Al-Ahram quoted former head of Cairo Appeal Court as saying Wednesday.

FM slams Amnesty Int’l letter to Italy on Regeni

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid deplored Amnesty International’s reported June 20 letter to the Italian Foreign Ministry June, where the human rights organization said Egypt failed to uncover the murderers of Italian student Guilio Regeni. Abu Zeid said the organization is “unprofessional” and “biased,” and that it has followed a  new “inciting approach” rather than directing criticism at Egypt in periodical reports.

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