UPDATE: Egypt Politics digest July 22: British expert to argue against extraditing Egypt hijacker
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)

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British expert to argue against extraditing Egypt hijacker

(AP)-A British expert has agreed to testify in a Cyprus court in defense of an Egyptian hijacker fighting an extradition request from his country.

Seif Eddin Mustafa, who hijacked an EgyptAir Airbus 320 plane on March 29 from Alexandria to Cairo and diverted it to Cyprus, claims his opposition to Egypt’s military-backed government would put him at risk of torture if he was extradited back. The hijack ended peacefully after all 72 passengers and crew were released and Mustafa arrested.

Judge Dona Constantinou adjourned proceedings Friday until next month when Emile George Howard Joffe, an international relations expert at London Metropolitan University, is scheduled to testify.


Cassation court to examine Morsi’s appeals in Oct.: judicial source

Egypt’s Court of Cassation is set to examine two appeals presented by ousted President Mohamed Morsi in October, judicial source told Youm7 Friday.

The court will look into Morsi’s appeal against a 20 year –sentence he was handed down last year on charges of inciting violence against protesters near a Cairo presidential palace during his tenure.

Meanwhile, the court is set to begin examining  Morsi’s appeal against death sentence handed down to him last year over involvement in mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.


British delegation completes Cairo airport security checks

A British civil aviation authority committee has completed inspecting security measures and facilities at Cairo International Airport on Friday, airport source told Youm7.

The committee, which started the inspection process earlier this week, has reviewed security checks for passengers, airplanes, luggage and goods aboard two daily British Airways flights bound for London inside the arrival and departure halls.

The committee will release a final report to evaluate security at the airport soon, the source said.

Delegations from several countries have visited the main Egyptian airports to inspect safety procedures in the aftermath of the crash of a Russian plane over Sinai in October last year.


Media gag imposed on bribery accusations against Alexandria Judge

Top prosecutor Nabil Sadiq issued a media gag on investigations into bribery accusations drawn against a judge in Alexandria, Al-Shorouq newspaper reported Thursday.


Money waste revealed in property taxes in Minya

The Central Auditing Organization in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate revealed a money waste in property taxes estimated at 100 million EGP, according to Al-Shorouq news website.

The waste as announced by the organization was as a result of not modifying rental value of some agricultural arable land and lack of link between factories, tourist hotels, quarries and mobile networks, which deprived the general budget a part of its resources.


Preachers to be surveyed on applying unified written sermons

The religious sub-committee at the parliament will conduct a survey among preachers regarding their opinion on the “written sermon,” which require all imams to read a unified sermon from a pre-written paper instead of improvisation, a decision that has triggered a wide criticism among preachers and some politicians who saw it as “killing preacher’s skills.”


Egypt, Norwegian, U.K. FMs talk ISIS, Palestine

Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Norwegian and U.K. counterparts Thursday on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting for the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

The meetings tackled international efforts exerted against the IS group, Libya’ and Syria’s crisis, Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.


Morsi demanded release of MBs during his reign: ex-prisons’ head

Former head of Prisons Authority Mohamed Naguib told Youm7 that he rejected a demand by President Mohamed Morsi, before his ouster in July 2013, to release a number of imprisoned members of the Muslim Brotherhood group.

Naguib also said that he has confiscated a gold coin with former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, when he was serving a prison term, as well as amounts of money with Mubarak’s parliament speaker Fathy Sorour.

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