UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 8:Court compels interior mini. to submit probe report on 2011 church bombing to prosecution
Coptic Orthodox Christians carry a blood-splattered image of Jesus as they demonstrate against Saturday's bomb attack in front of the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Two Saints in Alexandria January 2, 2011. The bomb killed 21 people outside the church early on New Year's Day and seven people have been held for questioning, a security source said on Sunday. The image of Jesus had been located near the side gate to the church compound, and was splattered with blood during the attack. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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Court compels interior mini. to submit probe report on 2011 church bombing to prosecution

Alexandria Administrative Court has compelled the Interior Ministry to submit a report to the Attorney General with the outcome of its probe into the 2011 Two Saints Church bombing, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

The delay in presenting the outcome of the investigations is “grave breach of the duties of the ministry’s role as an authority with a judicial arrest power,” the court said in a Thursday session.

“The terrorist attack harms the national security and thus the interior ministry is required to provide the Attorney General with the results of over five year-old probe,” according to the court statement.

At least 21 people, mainly Egyptian Copts, were killed and 70 others injured in suicide attack, which took place at Alexandria’s Two Saints Church during a New Year’s Eve service.

 

Court sets Oct. 20 to look into Egypt’s former top auditor appeal against prison term

Cairo Misdemeanor Court postponed to Oct. 20 the examination of an appeal presented by former chief of the Central Auditing Organization (CAO) Hisham Geneina against an imprisonment sentence over charges of spreading false news, Youm7 reported.

In July, Geneina was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of spreading false news. In March, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi expelled Geneina from his position following inaccurate press statements on corruption in 2015.

 

Sisi decrees issuance of VAT law

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Thursday decreed the issuance of a law on the value added tax (VAT,) Youm7 reported.

The new law, which aims to ease the budget deficit by increasing tax revenue by 15-20 billion EGP annually, has been published in the official gazette.

The new law, which will take effect starting October 1, will replace the current 10 percent goods and services tax. It includes list of 57 exempted basic commodities, goods and services.

 

Court rules withdrawal of Egyptian nationality from citizen married an Israeli woman

An Administrative Court at the Egyptian State Council has ruled that the Minister of Interior should strip off the Egyptian nationality from a citizen married an Israeli woman and had children with her, Youm7 reported Thursday.

Shaimaa Mohsen Ahmed Amin has filed a lawsuit against the Minister of Interior to withdraw the Egyptian nationality from her brother over marrying an Israeli woman in London where he has stayed for 12 years.

Rafah border crossing closes after 5-day opening

The Egyptian-Palestinian border crossing of Rafah closed early Thursday after 5-day opening in both both directions to allow the passage of urgent humanitarian cases, sick people and permit holders, an Egyptian official at the border told Youm7.

The Egyptian authorities decided to open the Rafah border crossing for two days as of Saturday; a total of 5,602 people have crossed the borders in both directions.

The opening of the crossing between Egypt’s North Sinai province and Palestine’s Gaza Strip marks the second time this week. It was opened on Tuesday – Thursday and allowed over 1,600 Palestinian pilgrims to travel through the border.

Sisi meets with UAE’s Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will meet with UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Cairo Thursday, Youm7 reported an official from the Egyptian Presidency Office.

Both sides will tackle the regional and international issues of the mutual concerns, the official added, noting that bilateral cooperation topics will be discussed during the meeting.

Egypt says no date fixed to sign contracts of study on Renaissance dam

Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atti has denied information claiming that Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopian initially agreed to sign a contracts with two European consultant companies, which have been chosen to conduct studies on the impacts of the under-construction Ethiopian Renaissance dam on the downstream countries of the Nile, on September 19 and 20, Youm7 reported him.

Two days ago, Youm7 reported  an official in the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation spoke on condition anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media that the contracts would be signed on Sept. 19 and 20.

Signing of the contract was scheduled to be made on Sept. 5 and 6, but differences among the three countries impeded the signature.

Since May 2011, Cairo has voiced its concern that the dam could reduce the country’s annual share of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Addis Ababa, however, has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and will not harm downstream countries.

Sudan’s FM arrives in Cairo for Arab Foreign Ministers’ meeting

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour arrived in the Cairo International Airport on Thursday to participate in the 146th session of the Arab Foreign Ministers of the Arab League, which due to be held Friday.

The session will tackle issues of regional and international issues, particularly the political and security crises in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Iraq.

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