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HRW: Egypt’s Renewed Detention of Scholar’s Daughter Unlawful

Egyptian authorities should release Ola al-Qaradawi, the daughter of a well-known Islamic scholar, who was rearrested on July 4, Human Rights Watch said today. A prosecutor charged al-Qaradawi, 58, for membership and support of a terrorist group by “using her relationships in prison,” though she spent the last two years …

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New judicial heads first in series of appointments under new law granting Sisi power to select judicial leadership

The heads of two top judicial bodies were sworn in by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday, the first in a series of anticipated appointments following the constitutional amendments passed in April that revised articles related to the judiciary and granted the president greater powers over the selection process.

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Egyptian politicians arrested, accused of working with Muslim Brotherhood

The Egyptian Interior Ministry announced that it had arrested several politicians and journalists suspected of planning to form a terrorist cell it named as Amal in cooperation with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is designated as a terror group by the Egyptian government. The Amal (“Hope”) Alliance is a nascent coaltion of liberal and leftist groups.

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Egyptian ex-officials urge UN human rights office to investigate Morsi’s death

Former members of Mohammad Morsi’s government have called on the UN office of human rights to investigate the death of the former Egyptian president, who collapsed last week during a court hearing in Cairo. 

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Parliament approves laws allowing Sisi to select judicial heads, stalemate continues over Council of Judicial Bodies

On June 6, Parliament approved two laws that regulate how the heads of Egypt’s top judicial bodies are selected, granting the president greater powers over the appointment process. The laws were approved by a two-thirds majority.

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