UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 30:Egypt’s attorney general orders probe into assassination attempt of his assistant
Scene of explosion targeted the motorcade of Egypt's assistant Attorney General. Youm7.


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Egypt’s attorney general orders probe into assassination attempt of his assistant

Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek ordered the state’s security prosecution to open intensive probe into the assassination attempt of his assistant, judicial sources told Youm7 on Thursday.

A team from East Cairo prosecution has inspected the scene where a private car, laden with three kilograms of TNT, detonated as the convoy of the Assistant Attorney General, Zakaria Abdel Aziz, passed by.

“The incident did not result in any injuries to the Assistant Attorney General or his security; however a civilian who works as a patrolman in the area was injured and was taken to hospital for treatment,” the interior ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

In June 2015, Egyptian Attorney General Hesham Barakat was killed in a similar attack.

“Such criminal acts will make us more determined to protect our nation and citizens and uproot terrorism,” the Cabinet said in a statement on Friday.


WB approves $500m loan to develop Upper Egypt

The World Bank has approved a $500 million loan for development projects of Upper Egypt, International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nassr was quoted by Youm7 on Thursday.

The program, which will be implemented initially in Upper governorates of Sohag and Qena, aims to achieve economic growth, the development of private sector investments to provide more work opportunities, and a foundation for infrastructure support.

This Program is part of the World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for 2015–19.


Cairo airport authorities arrest Arab national for smuggling ancient manuscripts

Security authorities at the Cairo International Airport on Thursday thwarted an attempt to smuggle ten ancient manuscripts that date back to the Muhammad Ali Dynasty (1805-1952,) Youm7 reported.

The manuscripts were found possession of an Arab national. An archaeological committee examined the items and confirmed their authentication before they were confiscated and delivered to the Antiquities Ministry, a source at the airport told Youm7.

A probe was launched into the incident, he added.

Mohamed Ali was an Ottoman Albanian commander in the Ottoman army, who became Wali, and self declared Khedive of Egypt and Sudan from 1805 to 1848. His descendants ruled Egypt until 1952, when Gamal Abdel Nasser led a military coup against the royal family and exiled King Farouk to Italy.


Egypt asks Interpol to take Mubarak-era businessman off watchlist – REUTERS

(REUTERS): Egypt gave the green light on Thursday for Interpol and the European Union to drop charges against Hussein Salem, a businessman ally of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, a senior justice ministry official said.

Salem and his family gave up 75 percent of their wealth in August in a deal that allowed them to return to Egypt without facing prosecution.

Salem, who also holds Spanish citizenship, was arrested under an international warrant in 2011 in Spain, where he fled after the popular uprising that ended Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

“The prosecution had sent instructions to take Salem and his family members off airport watchlists on Sept. 27 and asked the Interpol to take him off its Red Notice Wanted list today,” justice ministry spokesman Judge Khaled al-Nashar told Reuters.

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is an intergovernmental agency designed to promote international cooperation in criminal investigations.

Nashar said Egypt also sent notice to Spain, Switzerland, and Hong Kong to take Salem off their watchlists and that of the European Union.

The actions will allow Salem and family members to return to Egypt.

An Egyptian court had sentenced Salem in absentia to seven years in jail and fines totaling more than $4 billion in 2011 after convicting him of money laundering and profiteering.

He later faced graft-related charges associated with gas exports to Israel but was cleared in 2014.

Salem was a major shareholder in East Mediterranean Gas (EMG). Egyptian opposition groups had long complained that EMG was selling gas at preferential prices to Israel and other countries, depriving Egypt of potential revenues.

Egypt’s Illicit Gains Authority recovered 5.3 billion Egyptian pounds (US$596.85 million) in the reconciliation deal with the Salem family.

The deal was part of a wider reconciliation effort with wealthy businessmen who fled Egypt after the uprising.


Egypt’s FM in Israel to participate in Shimon Peres’s funeral

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived at Tal Aviv Airport Friday to participate in the funeral ceremony of the former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The funeral services were held at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.


MP slammed over calling for virginity tests to female university students

Member of Parliament Elhamy Agina was slammed over his controversial statements, after his latest call to carry out virginity tests to female students as condition to their acceptance at universities.

MP Laila Abu Ismail called on holding Agina accountable over his insulting remarks, adding that he is seeking fame by these statements.

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