Egypt’s Politics digest July 27:Egypt court resumes ‘Kerdasa massacre’ mass retrial
Police officers stand in front of a police station damaged after being set ablaze by supporters of former president Mohamed Mursi in Kerdasa, a town 14 km (9 miles) from Cairo in this September 19, 2013 file photograph. An Egyptian judge sentenced 185 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death on December 2, 2014 over an attack on a police station near Cairo last year in which 12 policemen were killed. The ruling is preliminary and subject to a lengthy appeals process. It also goes to the country's top religious authority for approval although his opinion is not binding. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files


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Egypt court resumes ‘Kerdasa massacre’ mass retrial

The Cairo Criminal Court on Thursday will resume retrial of 156 defendants in the case known in media as “Kerdasa massacre.”

Today’s session is the 13th since the retrial kicked off in February after the Court of Cassation accepted the appeal submitted by most of the defendants on the death sentences handed to them earlier.

The defendants were found guilty on storming Kerdasa police station, killing 13 policemen including a senior police officer.

The incident took place in the aftermath of the dispersal of Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in August 2013.


Sisi, ministerial economic group discuss Egypt’s dollar crisis

President AbdelFatah al Sisi met with ministerial economic group on Thursday to review latest economic conditions after the Egyptian pound weakened on the parallel market reaching over 13 EGP against the dollar on the black market.

The unprecedented rise comes at a time when the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) maintained its rate at EGP 8.78 on Wednesday.

The meeting will be attended by CBE Governor Tarek Amer, who earlier this month signaled the possibility of another devaluation.


15 militants killed in N. Sinai air strike: source

Security forces have reportedly killed 15 militants and injured another 9 in an army raid in North Sinai, security source told Youm7 on Wednesday.

The raid targeted “militants’ hideouts in precautionary strikes against terrorist elements, in Rafah and Arish towns,” he added.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.


Egypt Cabinet convenes weekly meeting

Cabinet convened its weekly meeting on Thursday under Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to discuss a number of political, economic and social issues.

The meeting comes amid largest hike of exchange gap between the Egyptian pound and the US dollar.

Ismail will review various reports of the ministers and also discuss security issues following recent sectarian violence incidents in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya.


Chief of Libya’s UN-backed government arrives in Cairo

Libya’s UN-backed prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj arrived in Cairo Wednesday morning in an official visit during which he will meet with Egyptian officials, Youm7 reported.

The visit is Sarraj’s second to Cairo over the past two months. In May, he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and discussed political solution for the Libyan crisis.

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