` Egyptian Court Acquits 169 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Charged with Unrest During Overthrow of Morsi ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 19 – An Egyptian court acquitted 169 Muslim Brotherhood supporters charged in connection with unrest that followed the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi last year, Reuters reported.

The men were charged with “illegal gathering” in relation to violence in Cairo on August 16 last year.

Of those charged, 117 were still being held and will now be freed.

Others charged in the case have already been released.

A judge in Alexandria on Monday convicted 62 people and sentenced them to jail terms of up to 25 years in over political violence last July.

The rulings were announced a day after more than 160 Brotherhood supporters were handed sentences of up to 15 years in prison.

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` Elderly Political Detainee has Died of Severe Mistreatment while in Police Custody in Alexandria ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 02 – An elderly political detainee has died of severe mistreatment while in police custody in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Egyptian security sources said on Friday that the 64-year-old man died due to high blood pressure related problems at Borg al-Arab Prison in Alexandria.

His relatives say he was being tortured and denied urgent medical care at the crowded prison.

The man known as Gomaa Hemeidah was arrested back in late December for taking part in an unsanctioned gathering.

According to independent sources, compiled by a number of human rights groups, at least 62 detainees have lost their lives inside Egypt’s crowded jails over the past few months.

In November, the military-backed authorities passed a law banning all but police-sanctioned protests.

Since then, hundreds of anti-government protesters have been jailed for breaking the law.

Press TV – Egyptian News

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` Court in `Alexandria ‘ has Sentenced Two ` Egyptian Pro-Morsi ‘ Supporters to Death for Throwing Two People off a Roof ‘

#AceWorldNews – ALEXANDRIA – March 30 – A court in Alexandria has sentenced two Egyptian pro-Morsi supporters to death for throwing two people off the roof of a building during last summer protests.

Both men were found guilty of murdering a child and a young man during mass clashes between pro-Morsi supporters and their opponents.

Sixty more people are awaiting a verdict for their participation in clashes, after Mohamed Morsi was ousted in a coup in July.

Read More: The roof incident happened July 5 of last year, two days after Morsi’s ouster. It was one of the most dramatic acts of violence on a day in which 16 other people were killed in Alexandria.

Judge Sayed Abdel-Latif said he would issue the verdict against another 60 defendants charged with violence that day in another two months. It was not clear why the ruling was split into two. http://www.canada.com/news/Egypt+court+sentences+supporters+ousted+president+death+throwing/9677322/story.html

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1. March 25 – 15.45 GMT – The previous day, more than 500 supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi were sentenced to death. http://wp.me/p165ui-4wV

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` Police Disperse ` Demonstrations ‘ over ` Mass Trials ‘ of ` Muslim Brotherhood ‘ Members in Egypt ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – March 25 – Police reportedly fired tear gas to disperse demonstrations on Tuesday over mass trials of Muslim Brotherhood members in Egypt.

About 700 people held protests at a university in the southern Egyptian town of Minya after the leader of the Brotherhood and 682 others went on trial on charges including murder, Reuters reported.

Hundreds of demonstrators also gathered at Alexandria University.

The previous day, more than 500 supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi were sentenced to death.

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UN-Urges-Countries-to-Ensure-Safe-Passage-for-#Syrians-Fleeing-Conflict

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With the numbers of Syrians seeking safety in Europe on the rise, the United Nations refugee agency <“http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/search?page=search&docid=526108d89&query=Italy“>said today it is concerned about difficulties displaced people face during their passage and at borders, including the risk of drowning at sea.

Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), cited the case of a boat carrying between 400 and 500 Syrians and Palestinians that sank in the Mediterranean last Friday. Only 200 people have been rescued.

“We are disturbed that the cause of the tragedy could well be attributed to shots that were fired after the boat left Libya, injuring four passengers and damaging the hull,” Ms. Fleming told a news conference in Geneva.

The same day, she noted, a boat sank just off Alexandria in Egypt with an estimated 112 passengers on board, 40 of whom were Syrian. Twelve bodies were recovered, including five children. The survivors are being held in detention facilities in two police stations.

They were among a growing number of Syrians trying to cross the Mediterranean from Egypt to Italy because of anxiety about their security, according to UNHCR. Many mention physical assaults, verbal threats, detention and deportation.

The Egyptian Government estimates that some 250,000 to 300,000 Syrians currently reside in Egypt, of whom more than 122,000 are registered with UNHCR.

Between January and the end of September, at least 7,557 Syrians and Palestinians arrived on the coast of Italy, including 6,233 since August in 63 boats. This compares to about 350 Syrians in 2012. Most of the Syrian refugees that reach Italy continue on to other countries in Europe in search of asylum.

UNHCR was particularly concerned about the increasing number of unaccompanied children making the voyage. As the cost of travel can range from $2,000-$5,000 per person, some families opt to send their children alone or with relatives or friends.

“UNHCR notes with concern that over 800 Syrians have been arrested in Egypt since August for attempting to illegally depart and 144, including 44 children, have been deported to third countries,” said Ms. Fleming.

“Although charges have not been laid, approximately 589 Syrians remain in administrative detention, including women and 84 children. UNHCR is seeking access to the detained in order to properly verify numbers, conditions, and needs, or provide legal assistance,” she added.

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UNHCR recognizes that a number of countries in North Africa are increasingly affected by the displacement caused by the Syria crisis, placing additional demands on their infrastructure and resources. Given the dramatic needs of Syrian refugees, which are likely to continue and grow in the immediate future, reinforcement of capacity to receive them in North African countries is increasingly urgent, the agency stressed.

UNHCR is working with Governments, the European Union and other partners to put in place a comprehensive response to saving lives of refugees and migrants at sea. It is calling for a number of measures to prevent further tragedies and increase responsibility sharing.

Generous approaches to protection are needed, Ms. Fleming noted, including non-penalization of those arriving without identity documents, offering flexibility in the application of family reunification criteria and procedures, dispensing with certain visa requirements, and facilitation of the entry of Syrians for work, study, family or humanitarian purposes under national programmes.

More than 100,000 people have been killed since opposition groups first sought the ouster of President Bashar Al-Assad in March 2011. The conflict has also sent 2 million people fleeing for safety to neighbouring countries and displaced some 4.5 million people internally.

 

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