UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 17:6 sentenced to death, 3 to life in ‘Omranya incidents’ case
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6 sentenced to death, 3 to life in ‘Omranya incidents’ case

Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday sentenced to death six defendants allegedly belong to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for involvement in violence-related charges that followed the dispersal of pro-MB sit-in in Giza in August 2013, Youm7 reported.

The court also sentenced other three defendants to life imprisonments for committing acts of violence in Giza’s neighborhood of Omranya. The case is known in media as “Omranya incidents.”

The nine convicts were tried in absentia, and thus, according to the Egyptian penal code, were handed the maximum penalty.


Pilot sickness, bad weather delay Solar Impulse 2 take off

The final leg of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), an experimental solar-powered aircraft, was indefinitely postponed Sunday due to the pilot’s health and bad weather, according to a statement published on the Si2 blog.

“The Ground Crew was already well underway preparing the pilot and airplane for takeoff to their final destination, Abu Dhabi, when the latest wind reading was too high to take Si2 safely out of the tent and onto the runway,” said the statement.

The Si2’s pilot Bertrand Piccard, who was due to take off from Cairo airport on Sunday morning had an upset stomach after falling ill, according to the statement.

The zero-fuel aircraft departed Seville on Monday at 02:20 a.m. Cairo Local Time and landed in Cairo International Airport on Wednesday after a flight of approximately 3,540 kilometers, according to the aircraft’s website.

Cairo-Abu Dhabi is the plane’s 17th and final leg. Abu Dhabi –Muscat was its first leg started on March 9 this year.

The aircraft has 17,000 solar cells on its wings, which recharge the plane’s batteries throughout the day. The wings are 72 meters long.


Egypt court rejects appeal for writer jailed for ‘obscenity’

CAIRO: (AP): An Egyptian court has rejected an appeal by an Egyptian author against a two-year prison sentence he was given on obscenity charges.

Documents obtained Sunday show a decision the previous day by the court in Cairo’s Abassia neighborhood rejected Ahmed Naji’s request to rescind the sentence he has been serving since February for the sexual content in his novel “The Use of Life.”

The literary and human rights organization PEN America and dozens of Egyptian and international figures in the arts, including Woody Allen, Philip Roth and Stephen Sondheim, have called on the Egyptian government to drop charges against Naji.


Libya arrests 8 Egyptians in IS-dominated region

Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Egyptian Expatriates Hisham al-Naqib on Sunday received families of eight Egyptians detained in Libya, Youm7 reported.

The meeting came after the angry family members gathered outside the Foreign Ministry headquarters demanding the release of their relatives after they were told they were abducted by armed gangs in Libyan city of Misrata.

Al Naqib reassured the mob about the safety of their loved ones adding that they were arrested by Libyan authorities for being in areas controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants.

He said the ministry is in constant contact with Libya authorities to releases them and reiterated warnings to Egyptians in Libya to exercise extreme caution and stay away from regions of tension and clashes.


Egypt’s imports of wheat reached 5.4 mln tons in 6 months: report

Egypt has imported a total of 5.4 million tons of wheat from different countries since January and until the end of June of this year, according to a governmental report.


10 bln EGP spent on Egypt’s road projects: Road and Bridges Authority

The Road and Bridges Authority spent a total of 10 billion EGP on new projects, including the establishment of new bridges and roads, as well as the national road network project launched by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi last year, Youm7 quoted the head of the authority Adel Tork.


Exam leaks, reducing commodities prices on top PM’s agenda Sunday

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail is scheduled to meet with Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy Sunday to discuss the ministry’s plan to provide basic commodities with reduced prices.

Ismail will also meet with Education Minister El-Helaly el-Sherbeiny to follow up on a strategy to prevent the repetition of high school exam leaks.


50% of overcoming power outage in Egypt relies on fuel provision: Minister

Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker said that “50% of the success of the ministry’s strategy to overcome power outage crisis in Egypt depends on fuel provision by the Ministry of Petroleum, Youm7 quoted him as saying.


Wife of assaulted doctor killed in unclear circumstances

A 28yr old doctor who was assaulted by a university student at a hospital in Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh received bad news of his wife’s murder at their house under “unclear circumstances,” Youm7 reported.

The doctor, Abdel Rahman Fathy, was taken to a police station to remain in custody in order to maintain his safety until the circumstances of his wife’s killing is uncovered.

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