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Supreme State Security Prosecution orders Wael Abbas’ hospital transfer and issues fifth 15-day detention renewal

After over two months in remand detention, political activist and prominent blogger Wael Abbas was issued a renewed 15-day detention order by the Supreme State Security Prosecution on Sunday, pending further investigations into Case 441/2018. During a Sunday court hearing, the prosecution also ordered that Abbas be transferred to the …

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Court rejects journalist’s appeal against 3-year prison sentence issued in absentia

After being held for over 20 months in remand detention, an appeal filed by journalist Hamdy al-Zaeem against a three-year prison sentence and a LE10,000 fine issued in absentia in a separate case was rejected on Tuesday, according to Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) lawyer Amr Mohamed.

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Will public opposition stop proposed Egypt-Israel railway dead in its tracks?

Egypt witnessed a new political storm following reports of a recent meeting between Israel’s ambassador to Cairo, David Govrin, and prominent Egyptian sociologist and director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, at the latter’s house.

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HRW: Egypt Intensifying Crackdown Under Counterterrorism Guise

Egyptian authorities are increasingly using counterterrorism and state-of-emergency laws and courts to unjustly prosecute journalists, activists, and critics for their peaceful criticism, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Egypt sentences 31 people to death over police killing and prison escape

Egyptian courts on Thursday sentenced 31 people to death in two separate cases, one involving the killing of a policeman and a security guard in 2015 and the other related to a 2016 prison escape, according to state news agency MENA and local media reports.

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