UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 8: Travel ban against Mubarak’s PM overturned; Street performance band’s detention renewed; Assistant Interior Minister says ‘no forced disappearance in Egypt’
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Court overturns travel ban against Mubarak’s PM

Giza Criminal Court ruled Monday to overturn a travel ban issued against Mubarak’s Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and his family, Youm7 reported.

Egypt’s highest court has previously ruled to acquit Nazif of illicit gain charges. Nazif’s lawyer then demanded to lift a travel ban against his client and his family.

 

Members of ‘Street Children’ band given 15-day detention pending investigation

The detention of members of ‘Street Children’ band has been extended by 15 days pending investigations over charges of broadcasting state abusive videos, and calling for protests.

The band is a satirical performance troupe that used to post videos that mock societal norms and government’s decisions; the troupe’s members have been in custody since May.

 

No forced disappearance in Egypt: Assistant Interior Minister

Interior Ministry’s representative at the parliament denied presence of enforced disappearances in Egypt, adding that the country has ended “the reign of political detentions.”

Assistant Interior Minister Aly Abdel Mola said that such arrests are void in terms of procedures, adding that the ministry is examining all complaints objectively.

Ministry of Interior has repeatedly denied presence of enforced disappearance, and claimed reported cases to be rumors promoted by the banned group Muslim Brotherhood.

In most cases, the whereabouts of the missing people remain unknown until they appear before prosecution, accused of charges.

 

Parliamentary committee approves monthly pension for disabled children

A parliamentary committee tasked with deciding on recommendations and complaints, approved Monday a recommendation to grant disabled children a monthly pension of at least 500 EGP, and to receive extra 100 EGP at the age of 21 years old.

 

Egyptian national in YPG killed by IS group in Syria

An Egyptian national, called Badin Al-Imam, was announced killed in confrontations against the Islamic State group in Syria on August 3, Youm7 reported a statement from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) which he joined to combat against IS group in Syria.

The statement added that Imam was combating with the units forces in Manbij, city in the Aleppo Governorate, where he killed by the Islamic State militants.

 

UK not obliged to consider asylum claims to Egyptian members of Muslim Brotherhood

UK Home Office replied on reports claimed that the member of Muslim Brotherhood could claim asylum in the UK per the new guidance from immigration authorities, saying “We are not obliged to consider asylum claims from those outside the UK and there is no provision in our immigration rules for someone to obtain a visa for the purposes of claiming asylum.

A Home Office spokesperson added in a statement “all claims for asylum lodged in the UK are considered on their individual merits in accordance with our international obligations. However, we will refuse protection to those who have committed serious crimes and those who represent a danger to national security or the community.”

 

Foreign Ministry follows case of kidnapping 27 Egyptians in Libya

Egyptian Foreign Ministry is contacting with the Libyan officials to confirm that 27 Egyptian nationals were kidnapped by militants in northern city of Tripoli, Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a phone call to talk show “On Egypt’s Air” on Sunday evening.

Youm7 quoted early Sunday Libyan local media outlets as saying that the Egyptian workers were kidnapped by a group of militants on their way to the Libyan-Egyptian border.

 

Italian Parliamentarian asks Egypt to shed more light on Regeni’s case 

Italian Parliamentary leader of the Popular and Liberal Alliance for local Autonomy (ALA) Lucio Barani said that he will hold a press conference in Rome to talk about case of Italian slain student Giulio Regeni, who was tortured to death in Cairo early February, Youm7 cited him Sunday during an interview with T.V. host Ahmed Mousa.

He added that the incident aimed to strain the relations between both countries.

In a press conference held in Cairo Sunday at the headquarters of the Egyptian-European Business Council, Barani said that Egyptian government should spot more light on the case of Regeni’s death, noting that Cambridge professors declined to provide Italy information about Regeni’s studies.

 

Cyprus FM arrives in Egypt 

Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides arrived Sunday evening in the Cairo International Airport, Youm7 reported an official in the airport.

Kasoulides  will meet his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry and number of officials and diplomats to discuss and review a number of issues of common interest between the two countries.

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