Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 24: Court of Cassation to consider Morsi’s challenge against 25-year prison sentence over espionage
Former President Mohamed Morsi during trial. Youm7 archive.

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Egypt’s court to consider Morsi’s challenge against 25-year prison sentence over espionage

Egypt’s Court of Cassation will consider the challenge filed by former Islamism President Mohamed Morsi against his sentence of life imprisonment over charges of espionage on Tuesday, Youm7 reported on Monday.

In June 2015, he was also sentenced to life in prison on charges of spying for Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanese group Hezbollah, and Iran. The same court also upheld a death sentence against Morsi over breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising.

Two days ago, the Court of Cassation upheld a 20-year prison sentence against Morsi for inciting violence in “Presidential Palace Clashes” case, in which some protesters killed during demonstrations in 2012 outside the Presidential Palace.


Rafah border closes after seven-day opening

Egypt closed Rafah border crossing, which connects it to the Gaza Strip, after seven-day opening from both directions on Monday, Youm7 reported.

Egypt extended the opening of Rafah crossing for one more day on Sunday; the border was set to be opened for only six days. Over the past days, it received travelers from both directions, including humanitarian cases, patients, students and Palestinian returnees.

A source told Youm7 that Saturday witnessed the crossing of 801 travelers into the Egyptian side, while 136 others traveled to Gaza.


Sisi meets with U.S. trade delegation

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will meet with U.S. trade delegation, which includes representatives from 50 companies, on Monday, Youm7 reported.

The delegation is chaired ambassador David Thorne, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Johan Kerry.

The delegation will take part in meetings jointly organized by the U.S. and Egyptian American Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils, from October 23-25, according to a statement from the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Sunday.

“The United States is committed to strengthening its long-term economic partnership with Egypt,” Ambassador Thorne said. “This business delegation is clear indication of U.S. private sector interest in Egypt and its future.”


Egypt’s Defense Minister, Spanish FM talk bilateral cooperation

Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi met with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García who paid Egypt a two day visit, during which he was seeking bilateral cooperation, Youm7 reported on Monday.

The Spanish Minister, who chaired a delegation Egypt, expressed his country’s keenness to support lasting bonds of cooperation and consultation in many positions and various issues of common interest.

He also expressed his country’s intention to open new channels with Egypt in various fields, as one of the most important Middle East countries.


Egypt’s FM calls for reforms in UN organization

Under the title of “On United Nations Day: Reform is Essential,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry wrote an article calls for conducting reform for the UN organization and its agencies.

“Agreement over the reform of the UN has proven to be challenging. Notwithstanding the many UN successes over the decades, today there are no serious doubts on the need to modernize the United Nations in order to deal with its tasks effectively,” he said.

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