UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest July 12: Officer gets 7yrs in prison for torturing man to death; 4 Delta officials to be investigated over supply wheat waste
Talaat Shabib, reported dead less than an hour in detention - Youm7

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Officer, 5 policemen sentenced to 3-7yrs in prison for torturing to death man in Luxor

Qena criminal court ruled Tuesday to sentence an officer to seven years in prison and five policemen to three years over torturing to death a citizen at Luxor police station last year.

In November 2015, Talaat Shabib was reportedly beaten to death while in custody; he was arrested from a café over accusations he allegedly possessed drugs.

His family gathered in protest outside Luxor Hospital, accusing police officers for his killing; the officers were referred to prosecution, which charged them with death by beating.


4 managers of Delta wheat silos to be investigated over embezzlement

Supply Monitoring body in Sharqiah governorate, Delta, decided to refer officials who are responsible for four wheat silos in three cities to prosecution over charges of embezzlement, waste of public money and lack of safety and health requirements for wheat, Youm7 reported.

The Administrative Control department has launched magnified crackdowns on supply wheat silos, during which it revealed a deficit of almost 9,000 tons worth 25 million EGP.


MP slammed for pro-FGM statements

MP Mona Mounir has condemned pro-FGM statements by MP Ahmed el-Tahawy, calling for his referral to ethics committee at the parliament, Youm7 reported.

“These statements are shameful and should not be said by a person whose job is to criminalize FGM for women; this is a crime that is religiously and legally prohibited,” Mounir said in a Tuesday release.

Youm7 reported that MP El-Tahawy has stated that “leaving females without FGM is something wrong.”


MP rules out involvement of security agencies in Regeni’s murder

MP Yehia el-Kedwany, undersecretary of Defense sub-committee at the parliament, ruled out that Egyptian security agencies to be involved in the killing of the Italian student Julio Regeni, who was found dead in Cairo earlier this year, according to Youm7.

Three Parliamentary sub-committees have recommended a parliamentary delegation to visit both Italian house of representatives and Senate in order to discuss developments to the student’s investigations.

This comes after the Italian parliament has decided to halt military support to Egypt, in an escalation to the strained relations between both countries. Egypt responded that the halt would have its negative impact on bilateral cooperation to end illegal immigration crisis.


Arab league chief urges ‘self control’ by S. Sudan’s warring parties

Arab League (AL) Secretary General has appealed to the warring parties in South Sudan to “exercise self-control” and stop the fighting erupted in the capital Juba since last week, according to AL’s official statement on Monday.

“We urge all conflicting parties to stop aggressive activities and ward off the specter of violence, which might lead to negative percussions on the stability and security of South Sudan,” said the statement.

According to media reports, at least 300 people have been killed in the fighting that broke out on Thursday between armed forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Vice-President, Riek Machar. However, senior officials and military officers from each side blame each other for causing the fighting.


Lawmaker to present a draft bill imposing drug test on state employees

An Egyptian lawmaker said he would submit a draft bill imposes a mandatory drug test on all state employees, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

Elhamy Agena, member of the House of Representatives’ Human Rights Committee went further saying that his bill will also include a proposal to obligate state officials to present a periodic proof of clean criminal record.

State officials failing a drug test would be subject to a pay cut, he added.

Egypt is among the highest 12 countries in terms of Hashish production, according to a 2015 report issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC.)


Egypt’s FM in Rwanda to participate in 27th AU Summit

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Rwanda Tuesday to participate in the African Union (AU) Member States’ 29th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, scheduled to start Wednesday, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al Sisi is expected to take part in the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU is scheduled to take place on July 17 and 18 in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali.

This year’s summit is held under the theme: “2016: Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women.”


Egypt’s water minister due in Uganda for Nile basin council talks

Water and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aty is scheduled to travel to Uganda to take part in the 24th Annual Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM) meetings, scheduled to kick off in Entebbe Thursday, Youm7 quoted cabinet spokesman Hossam al Qawish on Tuesday.

The meetings will focus on how to develop cooperation among the ten Nile Basin countries.

The Nile-COM is the decision-making authority of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI.) It comprises of irrigation ministers from Egypt, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.


Interior Minister back to Cairo after Germany visit

Egypt’s Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar returned home after a two-day visit to Germany during which he held talks with his German counterpart Thomas de Maizière on bilateral cooperation and efforts to combat terrorism, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to crackdown on global terrorism, security airports and illegal immigration through exchanging information and expertise between the two countries.

Abdel Ghaffar said that recent terrorist attacks in Europe confirmed Egypt’s vision on the expansion of terrorism and the importance of forming a global coalition to curb militancy.

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