UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 15: Police officer suspended, referred to investigation over allegedly assaulting MP
Riot police officers stand guard in front of the Cairo Security Directorate as hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the building in Cairo, Egypt, February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

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Police officer suspended, referred to investigation over allegedly assaulting MP

A police officer has been suspended and is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a parliament member, interior ministry source told Youm7 Friday.

The suspension was ordered by Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar after the police officer, whose name remains disclosed, attacked MP Zeinab Salem at Madinet Nasr police station. The lawmaker was in the police station to inquire about the reasons behind the arrest of her nephew, said the source.

The officer denied the allegations, the source added.


Lawyers to vote for no-confidence motion against syndicate board on Sunday

Members of Egypt’s Lawyer Syndicate are expected to head to the syndicate headquarters in Cairo Sunday to attend an “urgent” general assembly meeting to vote on a no-confidence motion in Chairman and the Council members, Youm7 reported.

The call to hold the general assembly meeting came in response to requests presented by a majority of lawyers, who have been pressing since February for the dissolution of the present council headed by Sameh Ashour.


45 Egyptians deported from Saudi after Umrah visa expired

A total of 45 Egyptians were deported from Saud Arabia Friday for violating the Kingdom’s labor and residency laws, Youm7 reported.

The deportees arrived at Cairo International Airport Friday after their Umrah visa exceeded the expiry date, airport source told Youm7, adding that they planned to stay in Saudi Arabia till September to perform Hajj.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly warned citizens not to overstay their visas in Saudi Arabia or return to the kingdom illegally after deportation.


Al-Azhar official denies religiously prohibiting ‘Pokemon Go’

Undersecretary of Al-Azhar institute Abbas Shoman denied statements circulated on his behalf suggesting that he said that the newly invented ‘Pokemon Go’ game is religiously prohibited, according to Youm7.

Shoman said that he just warned of excess use of the game as it could pre-occupy people’s time, distract them from their tasks and expose their lives to danger if they are playing it on the streets.


Negotiations with Russia on Egypt’s 1st nuclear power plant at final stage: source

An official source at the Ministry of Electricity told Youm7 that negotiations with the Russian side are at the last stage, ahead of signing a deal with Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom that will be in charge of implementing the project.

The source revealed that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gave strict instructions to finish negotiations by the end of the month; the plant will be established in Dabaa city on the Mediterranean coast.


Minister: we will not accept int’l arbitration in Egypt’s renewable energy projects

Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker announced that he will not allow international arbitration in renewable energy projects “because they are Egyptian projects, established on Egyptian land,” in statements to Youm7.

Shaker said that the deal prepared by the Renewable Energy Authority stipulates the condition of “local arbitration” between investors, citing the reason for rejecting requests by some investors to resort to international arbitration.

He added that there are around 60 renewal energy projects that including generating electricity from wind and solar energy.


Court ruling against ‘Shawmeng’ admin Saturday  

A student accused of launching a Facebook page famous as “Shawmeng” dedicated to leaking high school exams will be facing a court ruling Saturday.

Ahmed, 19 yrs, has denied charges drawn against him; however, the prosecution has provided evidence that he was administrating the page among others.

Last year, a presidential decree imposed one year jail to those who leak exams.


Passenger busted at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport for hiding bladed weapon inside shoes

A passenger who carries the nationality of an Arab country was busted Sharm el-Sheikh Airport for hiding a bladed weapon inside his shoes.

Ibrahim, 30yrs, was barred from traveling and referred to prosecution.


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