UPDATE: Egypt’s political digest July 5:Egypt voices reservation about Turkey’s ‘floundering’ regional policies
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the "coup" against Egypt's Mohamed Morsi -- and in a show of solidarity he often uses a four-finger hand gesture known as "Rabia" -- seen as a symbol of the Muslim Brotherhood (AFP Photo/Ozan Kose)

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Egypt voices reservation about Turkey’s ‘floundering’ regional policies

Egypt voices reservations about the Turkish leadership insisting on adopting “floundering” regional policies, Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesperson for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

The remarks came in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement on Tuesday saying that his country’s problem with Egypt is not with the Egyptian people but it “is an issue with its administration, particularly with its ruler,” according to Anadolu Agency.

He also criticised certain court verdicts related to the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Erdogan must always remember that the Egyptian President was elected by the Egyptian people in a free and democratic election,” said Abu Zeid.

Egypt follows abduction of 6 citizens in Libya

The Foreign Ministry announced in a statement it coordinates with Libyan authorities to release six Egyptian nationals, reportedly abducted by armed militants, Youm7 reported.

The Egyptian citizens were traveling on Beni Waleed –Mosrata desert road before they were stopped by an armed group and taken to an unknown place, said Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Egyptian Expatriates Hisham al-Naqib.

Naqib reiterated warnings to Egyptians in Libya that they should exercise extreme caution and stay away from regions of tension and clashes.

Egyptian hijacker’s lawyer seeks human rights expert

The lawyer for an Egyptian hijacker fighting his extradition has been given 17 days by a Cypriot court to seek out a human rights expert who could support Seif Eddin Mustafa’s argument that being sent back could put his life at risk, according to the Associated Press.

Judge Dona Constantinou on Tuesday granted lawyer Robertos Brahimis’ adjournment request so as not to deny Mustafa’s main line of defense against his extradition.

Egypt chosen to hold co-presidency of Union for the Mediterranean

Egyptian Ambassador Ihab Badawy was unanimously elected as deputy secretary general of the Union for the Mediterranean, an official from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry was quoted by Youm7.

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is an intergovernmental organization of 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin: the 28 member states of the European Union and 15 Mediterranean partner countries from North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Europe.

Rafah border crossing closes Tuesday after 5-day opening 

The Egypt-Gaza border crossing of Rafah was closed early Tuesday after it opening for five consecutive days, during which hundreds of travelers crossed in both directions, Youm7 reported.

In the fourth day, the border received 999 travelers; 680 arrived in Egypt and 319 left for the Gaza Strip. Those who crossed the border were Palestinian patients, passengers, students, and dual citizens.

Pre-trial detention of lawyer Malek Adly extended for 15 days

The pre-trial detention of human rights lawyer Malek Adly and three others was extended Monday for 15 days pending investigations over charges of attempting to overthrow the regime, Youm7 reported.

Adly was arrested on May 5 in Cairo’s district of Maadi; an arrest warrant had been issued April 25 for “inciting protests.” Demonstrations against Egypt’s transfer of the sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia erupted April 15 and April 25.

12 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members detained 15 days in jail over violence-related crimes

Twelve people, allegedly belong to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, were detained for 15 days in prison, pending investigations over charges of belonging to a terrorist group, disturbing the public order, harming state’s institutions in Sohag, Youm7 reported.

Thousands have been tried in Egypt since 2013 over similar charges, as massive protests spread across Egypt in the aftermath of President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster. The demonstrations included violence and arson, but were also met with police force.

Court renews detention of blogger for 45 days in jail over ‘contempt of religion’

A Giza criminal court renewed detention of a blogger, M. H, to 45 days in jail over accusations of “publishing false news and blasphemy of the religion, Youm7 reported Monday. According to the Egyptian Penal Code, contempt of religion charge is punishable with prison sentences of between six months and five years.

Parliamentarians contact with governors to follow up ‘threat of sharks’ on beach goers

Egyptian Parliamentarians are in contact with governors of the Mediterranean and Red Sea governorates to follow up phenomena of presence of sharks in the seas during the summer season. The government is on alert and takes all precautious measures to protect people, particularly after shark has attacked a 23-year-old Egyptian student in the Red Sea resort city of Ain Sokhna early June.

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