UPDATE – Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 22: Egyptian court confirms 20-year prison sentence on Morsi
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Egyptian court confirms 20-year prison sentence on Morsi

(REUTERS): An Egyptian court confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against former president Mohamed Mursi on Saturday, judicial sources told Reuters.


The sentence was for a conviction arising from the killings of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. It is the first of Mursi’s four convictions to reach the end of the judicial process, and he cannot appeal further against it.


Twenty-year jail sentences were also confirmed against other senior figures from the then-ruling Muslim Brotherhood, including Mohamed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian.


The men were convicted in April 2015 on charges including kidnapping, torture and the killings of protesters during unrest in 2012. The Muslim Brotherhood denies responsibility and says that most of those killed were from its own ranks.


Mursi has been sentenced in three other cases, including a death penalty for a mass jailbreak of Muslim Brotherhood prisoners during the 2011 uprising against longtime president Hosni Mubarak and a life sentence for spying on behalf of the Palestinian group Hamas.

The Islamist Mursi became Egypt’s first freely elected president in June 2012. An army takeover stripped Mursi of power in 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Hundreds of Islamists have since been killed and thousands arrested.


Egypt seeks political solution in Syria, continues discussions with Saudi Arabia

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said that Egypt seeks to solver Syria’s crisis politically by which its lands’ unity is preserved, in a Saturday press conference with his Spanish Counterpart Jose Manuel.

Shoukry continued saying that Egyptian-Saudi discussions regarding the Syrian crisis is underway. He added that there is draft resolution aiming to halt violence acts and provide more protection to citizens.


Informant facilitated escape of 6 inmates from Egyptian prison

An informant was revealed to have facilitated the escape of six inmates from a prison in Ismailia last week, Youm7 reported.

The informant reportedly received 100,000 EGP in order to pass weapons and ammunition inside the cells, after which the inmates opened fire at the guards and escaped.

The prison authorities thwarted an attempt Thursday by six prisoners to flee the Future Prison in Ismailia governorate; they were referred to investigations as well as the informant.


Cassation prosecution recommends accepting appeal against life sentences handed to 8 MB leaders

Egypt’s Cassation Prosecution recommended on Saturday that an appeal filed against a life sentence handed down to Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide and other seven defendants be accepted, in the case known by media as Al Istikama Mosque incident, Youm7 reported.

In August 2014, the Giza Criminal Court sentenced the eight Muslim Brotherhood leaders to life over charges of killing 10 people and injuring 20 others during violent clashes around the Istiqama Mosque in Giza in protest for the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and the deadly dispersal of two Cairo-based sit-ins of Morsi’s supporters.

The court sentenced six others, including Jama’a al-Islamiya leader Assem Abdel Meguid to death in the same case.

They were charged with inciting violence, using force against state servants, rioting, vandalizing public and private property and belonging to a “terrorist organization.”

Recommendations issued by the Cassation Prosecution are not binding to the Court of Cassation.


Sinai general killed near Cairo

(Reuters) – A senior military official who served in the northern Sinai was killed on Saturday in front of his home on the outskirts of Cairo, security sources said.

Gunmen opened fire on Brigadier General Adel Rajaaie, an armored division commander, when he left his home in Obour city in the morning, the sources told Reuters

Egypt is facing an Islamist insurgency led by Islamic State’s branch in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. There have also been attacks in Cairo and other cities.


Administrative court to examine appeal on Red Sea islands case 

Egypt’s Administrative Court will examine on Saturday an appeal filed by the State Lawsuits Authority against a recent court ruling, which voided Cairo’s decision to acknowledge Saudi sovereignty over two Red Sea islands, Youm7 reported.

The Court for Urgent Matters on Thursday halted an earlier court ruling that annulled a controversial deal to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, Youm7 reported.

The deal over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, which was signed in April, prompted public protests.

In June, the State Council ruled that the islands, strategically situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, must remain under Egyptian sovereignty.

A day later, the State Lawsuits Authority, representing the government, has appealed the agreement-quashing ruling.

The accord was announced during a visit to Cairo by the Saudi king that coincided with the signing of aid agreements, which created the impression among many that the islands were sold. However, Egyptian authorities denied this.


Parliamentary delegation to take part in IPU meetings in Genève

An Egyptian parliamentary delegation, headed by speaker Ali Abdel Al traveled to Switzerland on Saturday to take part in the 135th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU,) scheduled to be held in Geneva, Oct. 23-27.

More than 700 lawmakers from 138 countries will convene in Geneva to discuss ways in which parliaments can respond effectively to serious human rights violations and their underlying causes, including human rights situations likely to lead to conflict.

More than 67 Speakers of Parliament and 41 Deputy Speakers will attend IPU’s 135th Assembly which marks the 40th anniversary of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, which works to protect or seek redress for MPs whose rights have been abused, and is currently investigating more than 450 cases around the world.

Abdel Aal returned to Cairo on Friday after participation at the meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM) held in Rome.

During the visit, Abdel Aal stressed the importance of ties between Egypt and Italy, describing them as “deep and historic.”


Sisi to meet Spain FM

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi is scheduled Saturday to receive Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, who is currently paying a visit to Cairo. Youm7 reported.

The two sides will discuss regional and international issues in addition to ways to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Garcia-Margallo is scheduled to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

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