` Freelance Journalist Working Al-Jazeera Arrested Just Prior to Trial of her Colleagues Recommences ‘

#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – may 31 – A female freelance journalist working for the satellite news network al-Jazeera in Egypt has been arrested, the interior ministry has said.

Rasha Gafaar was detained at a flat in the Suez Canal city of Port Said where she was allegedly sending videos to an affiliate of the Qatar-based network.

Al-Jazeera has been banned from operating inside Egypt.

Four of its journalists are in prison accused of airing false news and to aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

(The trial of three of them – Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed – is set to resume on Sunday).

A fourth al-Jazeera reporter, Abdullah al-Shami, who works for the network’s Arabic channel, has been detained since August but not charged. He is on a hunger strike.

Vote boycotted
The interior ministry said police had raided the home of Ms Gafaar and confiscated a laptop, a mobile phone and other equipment.

It said her material had been aired by al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, an Egypt-focused affiliate of the network.

The ministry also accused her of being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Al-Jazeera – BBC News Middle East


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` Egyptian Army Chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is on course for Sweeping Victory in Presidential Election '

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 29 – Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former Egyptian army chief, is on course for a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential election, early provisional results suggested.

Sisi won 96.2 percent of about 21 million votes cast, state television reported early on Thursday, with the ballots from 312 of 352 counting stations tallied.

Hamdeen Sabahi, the only other candidate, received 3.8 percent of the votes counted.

Voter turnout was low, at 44.4 percent, despite the government declaring the second day of voting a national holiday, and extending the election for a third day.

He has overseen a bloody crackdown on Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement in which more than 1,400 people have been killed and 16,000 detained.The Brotherhood said it would boycott the vote, as did many liberal and secular activist groups.

Hamdeen Sabahi, the only other candidate in the election, said earlier his team had recorded “violations” in the voting process.

However, he rejected calls from his supporters to withdraw from the elections, saying it was not in the interest of Egyptians.

Mr Sabahi secured only about 760,000 of the 24.7 million votes counted, and lost out in many regions to a high number of spoiled ballots, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reports.

Hundreds of Sisi supporters took to the streets of Cairo in the early hours of Thursday as results emerged, waving Egyptian flags, setting off fireworks and honking their car horns.

The military-backed authorities had extended voting to a third day in the hope of boosting turnout.

Al-Jazeera – Daily News Egypt – Al-Haram


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` As Voting Began in Cairo a Home-Made Bomb Explodes and Hits One of the Polling Stations ‘

#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – May 26 – A powerful blast has hit one of the polling stations on the first day of presidential elections in Egypt.

Photos by Ali Omar , AFP

Local TV reports that a self-made explosive device went off in the city of El-Mahalla El-Kubra (80 km from Cairo, Gharbia Governorate).

(Daily Star) – Reported as voting began, a home-made bomb exploded outside a polling station in the city of El-Mahalla El-Kubra, north of Cairo, state TV reported.

Reported by (Daily News Egypt) A handmade bomb exploded Tuesday morning on the first day of the referendum on the constitutional draft by Giza’s Imbaba courthouse.

“The bomb exploded at around 7am, and shattered the glass of the shops across the street including my kiosk, along with the glass of cars parked near the court ,” said Sayed Ramadan, kiosk owner.

No casualties or injured have been reported so far.

Explosive expert and manager of the Ministry of Interior’s explosives unit General Mohamed Gamal said the explosion was minor, noting that some of the high windows of the courthouse facade remained intact. “It only looks big due to the reflexive wave of the explosion,” added Gamal.

Dozens of Imbaba residents grouped near the site of the explosion and chanted for defence minister Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, calling him “the next president” while holding his picture. The residents of the area also chanted against the Muslim Brotherhood and “their terrorist actions”.

Two polling stations are located down the street from the courthouse: Martyr Gawad Hosny School and Imbaba Industrial Secondary School, which both witnessed a good turnout of voters.

At both sites, long queues trailed out into the street, despite this morning’s incident.

Daily Star – Daily News Egypt


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` Egyptians Head for the Polls on First Day of Presidential Elections with Emotion Running High ‘

#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – May 26 – 9:35 Doors were around half an hour late to open at the Gomhoreya School polling station in Cairo’s up-scale Maadi district, reports Ahram Online’s Dina Samak — bad news for the long queues of voters waiting outside.

“We can wait. It’s only one day,” a middle aged woman tells other waiting voters. Several women ululate in celebration.


Meanwhile, in Agouza’s Qawmiyya polling station, Ibtesam, the widow of a police officer, tells Ahram Online she is voting because “it is important to build the nation’s future.” She says she will vote for El-Sisi because “he cares for the country and saved it from chaos.”

9:30 Candidate Hamdeen Sabahi has also cast his vote, in Mohandiseen in Giza. TV footage shows him pressed on all sides by crowds.


“We hope for a large turnout…to reach 30 million,” Sabahi told waiting reporters. The leftist contender pledged to “make serious decisions (that would) fulfilling the legitimate dreams of Egyptians, namely social justice, rectifying the situations of those in prisons for [expressing] their opinions…as well as [launching] a war on corruption,” he added.

9:25 Abdel-Aziz Soliman, general secretary of the Presidential Elections Commission — the judicial body responsible for organising the election — has stated that all polling stations have opened on time and there have been no complaints reported so far.

He also said that turnout seems high, Al-Ahram Arabic reported.


9:20 Outgoing president Adly Mansour, has reached his polling station in Cairo’s Heliopolis district, reported Al-Ahram Arabic website.


Presidential hopeful El-Sisi has also arrived at a different polling station in the same district to cast his ballot. Television footage shows him, surrounded by numerous bodyguards, struggling to move through excited crowds.

Live Coverage Courtesy of Al-Haram – 26/05/2014 – http://tinyurl.com/m5p8bde


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` Egyptian Court Sentences 155 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters to Jail Giving 54 Life Sentences ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 21 – An Egyptian court sentenced 155 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Wednesday and gave 54 of them life sentences, Reuters reported, citing judicial sources.

The case is related to violence in the Nile Delta province of Mansour last August after the army’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

Other defendants were sentenced to between three to 10 years in jail as the charges include instigating violence and chaos and membership in a banned group.

Police dispersed demonstrators outside the courthouse who were protesting the verdict.


#cairo, #egyptian, #egyptian-president-adly-mansour, #muslim-brotherhood, #president-mohamed-morsi

` Journalist Abdullah Elshamy Video on Hunger Strike and Interview by Wife ‘

#AceNewsServices – May 21 – CAIRO – Footage has emerged for the first time of Al Jazeera’s hunger striking journalist Abdullah Elshamy. Elshamy has been in Egyptian prison since August 14, 2013, without charge.

Egyptian authorities moved him to an undisclosed location on May 12, 2014.

Update: According to his family, Elshamy has been transferred to a solitary confinement in maximum security Scorpion unit in Tora prisons.

Interview from Al-Jazeera on the April 30 2014 – Gehad Khaled is an Egyptian activist and wife of detained Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah al-Shami.

It’s almost May and a thought comes to my mind; how will my husband and I celebrate his birthday this year?

Do I surprise him by booking a trip to a new destination or do I organise a small party with close friends, or do we go where we spent our first day of marriage, on a Mediterranean island?

What shall I get him as a gift? Is there enough time to learn how to bake a beautiful cake?

Last year was the first year we spent his birthday together. He told me it was the most beautiful he’s ever had, and I promised to make it the most beautiful every year. So what do I do this year?

Hold on for a moment! This year is different. Abdullah is not here, and even though he hasn’t travelled on assignment, we will not be meeting within days. Abdullah is only a few miles away. It only takes me 20 minutes by car to reach the place he is; but he is not somewhere normal.

Abdullah is detained behind thick concrete walls, metal bars and armed guards separate us. This year it’s different because I don’t know if we will spend his birthday together. Will I be standing outside his wretched jail cell, or will I be given permission to relieve him the brunt of his daily captivity?

And my mind starts to go in a different way. How will I celebrate with him in jail? How will we spend our time together surrounded by dozens of people and a number of informants around us violating any form of privacy in our conversation.

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` Egyptian Court Sentences Hosni Mubarak to Three Years in Prison on Corruption Charges ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 21 – An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced deposed president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on corruption charges, AFP reported.

The ruling was announced in one of two trials after the 2011 uprising.

His sons Alaa and Gamal each received four-year jail terms, and four other defendants were acquitted.

They were accused of embezzling about $14 million earmarked for the maintenance of presidential palaces.

Mubarak had technically been a free man after a court ordered his release last year following the end of the permitted detention period.

AFP – AP – RT – Egyptian Daily


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` Security Forces and Students Against Coup Clash Leaving One Senior Student Dead '

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 20 – Clashes between security forces and Students Against the Coup (SAC) at Cairo University left one senior student from the Faculty of Engineering dead on Tuesday, according to Daily News Egypt.

The Ministry of Health said two students were injured and were transported to the university hospital.

Central Security Forces were based outside the university campus and did not storm the university.

They were deployed to “back the police force and secure the area,” said the commander who was leading the group of military.

Students were “arbitrarily arrested” students on campus and a number of “severe bird-shot injuries” were reported, Youssef said.

“Security forces fired at the students from a short range,” she said.

The female students began the protest on the women’s campus, headed to Mustafa Al-Nahas Street, then retreated to the female dorms when security forces showed up, Youssef said.

Ministry of Interior Spokesman Hany Abdel Latif said last week that security forces are not based on campus at any university – not even Al-Azhar.

Any protests inside universities will be dealt with once the university chairman allows forces inside, he said.

Daily News Egypt



` 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.

Reuters – RT – AP – AFP


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` Russia’s Parliament State Duma Ratifies Agreement with Egypt for Mutual Transfer of Convicted Prisoners’

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 16 – The Russian parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, on Friday ratified an agreement with Egypt that sets the rules for the mutual transfer of convicted prisoners, RAPSI said.

The agreement, which was signed in Cairo on June 23, 2009, stipulated the requirements to requests for transfer of convicts, the conditions for transferring the convicts to serve their punishment in the other country, as well as a procedural guarantee of the transferred person’s rights.

A convict can be transferred only with the consent of both countries, as well as the convict in question.

RAPSI – Report – 16/05/14 – http://tinyurl.com/lw29sy5


#cairo, #egypt, #moscow, #russian, #state-duma

` Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis Has Been Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation by US ‘

#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – May 11 – Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis (ABM) has now been designated as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by the US State Department on Wednesday according to a press release.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis
The group has attempted various terrorists attacks and assassinations in Egypt, such as against Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and the head of the his technical office. ABM also claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing targeting the South Sinai Security Directorate with a death toll three and at least 45 injured.
In a first reaction, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision. Spokesperson Badr Abdel Aaty said this move comes within the recent framework of positive communication and intensive sustained efforts by foreign and Egyptian embassies, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Abdel Aaty told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the Foreign Ministry has communicated with both the United States, United Kingdom and other countries to give a clear vision about the severity of international terrorism and how it threatens Egypt and the whole world and needs speedy movements to combat these groups and dry up their funding sources.
“ABM attacked a military helicopter in a missile attack five soldiers on board, and claimed responsibility for four attacks involving car bombs and hand grenades in Cairo, which left six people dead and over 70 wounded, many of them civilian bystanders. The group claimed responsibility for the bombing of a tour bus in the Sinai Peninsula too, killing the Egyptian driver and three South Korean tourists in February 2014,” the statement reads.
The statement also noted that claimed that the group declared responsibility for a rocket attack In August 2012 on the southern Israeli city of Eilat, and in September 2012 they have attacked an Israeli border patrol, killing one soldier and injuring another.
The press release read that the consequences of the designation include a prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to, or engaging in transactions with this organization, and the freezing of all property and interests in property of the organization that is in the United States, or come within the United States or the control of US persons.



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` Egypt Prosecutor To Try Two Hundred Alleged Members Of Al-Qaeda Group ‘


#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 10 – Egypt’s prosecutor said Saturday that 200 alleged members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Al-Qaeda inspired militant group active in the Sinai Peninsula, would be tried for “terrorism” because of a number of deadly attacks launched against security forces.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has carried out some of the bloodiest attacks against Egypt’s security forces since Morsi’s overthrow last July.

This will be the first mass trial of jihadists since Egypt’s military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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` Court Sentences 102 Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to Ten Years in Prison for Violent Rioting ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 03 – An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced 102 defendants it describes as Muslim Brotherhood supporters to 10 years in prison each on charges of violent rioting in a Cairo neighbourhood and possession of weapons.

Egypt’s state news agency said the Saturday ruling puts the defendants under police surveillance for a period of five years after the end of their prison sentences.

Two other defendants were jailed for seven years in the case for two others over charges of violence and rioting last July.

The defendants were found guilty of charges of assaulting private and public property, murdering a citizen and attempting to murder others at al-Dhaher district east of Cairo last July following Morsi’s overthrow.

The ruling is linked to demonstrations staged to protest the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi by the military in July. Morsi’s ouster followed days of mass demonstrations demanding his resignation.

The prosecutors charged the defendants with gathering illegally with intent to inflict material and moral harm to others and public property, which led to one death.

Egypt’s State News Agency – AP – Egyptian News


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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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#AceWorldNews CAIRO May 02 A low ranking police…

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 02 – A low ranking police officer was killed and four other security personnel – an officer and three conscripts – were injured during the explosion of a bomb early Friday in Heliopolis according to security sources.

MENA state owned news agency reported that a primitive bomb targeted a traffic checkpoint in front of Misr El-Gadida court.

Explosives experts are currently investigating the scene.

The injured were reportedly transferred to Heliopolis hospital.

Over the past several months several terrorist attacks have targeted traffic checkpoints, police headquarters, and security personnel in Cairo and Giza.



#cairo, #giza, #heliopolis

` Car Bomb Explodes in Down-town Cairo Fourth Explosion to Hit Egypt on Day of Islamic Demonstrations '

#AceBreakingNews – CAIRO – May 02 – A car bomb exploded in down town Cairo late Friday, the fourth explosion to rock the turmoil-hit Egypt on a day where Islamist demonstrations usually take place against the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

The number of casualties was not immediately clear after a car bomb detonated in Cairo’s Ramsis street near a subway station.

Developing Story – AL-Ahram

CAIRO (Reuters) – Two suicide bombings in Egypt’s South Sinai killed a soldier and wounded at least seven people on Friday, less than four weeks before a presidential election is due to be held, official sources said.
In other violence, a policeman was killed in a Cairo bomb attack while in the port city of Alexandria, two people were shot dead when supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi clashed with residents.


#cairo, #egypt, #islamist, #mohamed-morsi

` Tayyip Erdogan has begun Legal proceedings for the Extradition of Islamic Cleric Fethullah Gulen ‘

#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – April – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey will begin a legal process for the extradition of US-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, Reuters said.

Erdogan accuses his former ally and now arch-foe of orchestrating a campaign to unseat him.

Asked if a legal process would be launched for the extradition of Gulen, Erdogan said: “Yes, it will begin.”

Fethullah Gulen has been called Turkey’s second most powerful man. He is also a recluse, who lives in self-imposed exile in the US.

An apparent power struggle between his followers and those around the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has reached a new pitch of intensity and loathing.

Since arriving in the US in the late 1990’s, Mr Gulen, 74, has not given a single broadcast interview. What rare communication there has been with the media has almost exclusively been conducted via email.

But now, the BBC has had exclusive access to the Muslim cleric. I travelled with Guney Yildiz from the BBC Turkish Service to a remote part of Pennsylvania to meet the man.

In the interview, Mr Gulen denied using his influence to start investigations into alleged corruption among senior members of Mr Erdogan’s AK Party which have led to a number of police commissioners being sacked and to some of Mr Erdogan’s allies being arrested.

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  1. BBC News Interview – January 27 – http://tinyurl.com/lb5zyum
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  3. This book, based on research and three weeks of personal interviews in Turkey and interviews in the United States, explores the political trial of Fethullah Gülen, a moderate Turkish religious leader, and how that trial, which began in 2000 in an Ankara state security court (now disbanded) and ended in 2008 in a civil appeals court in his favour, helped to greatly expand civil liberties and democracy in Turkey. http://www.gulentrial.org/


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` Hundreds of Egyptians Activists take to Streets against an Anti-Protest Law a Month Before Election ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – April 28 (ALJ) Hundreds of Egyptian activists took to the streets against an anti-protest law, one month before a presidential election which former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is widely expected to win.

On Saturday, the protesters marched to the presidential palace in Cairo calling for the scrapping of the law passed by Egypt’s army-backed interim leadership in November to curb unrest that erupted after the army’s overthrow of elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. (Reuters)

The law requires anyone planning a demonstration to obtain police permission. Saturday’s protesters, however, did not.

A few threw stones at the police, who did not react and there was no serious violence.

“Down, down with army rule,” the protesters chanted.

Some burned posters of Sisi, who stepped down from his post as the head of the army last month to run for the presidency in the vote on May 26-27.


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` Al Jazeera Serves Egypt with a $150 Million Compensation Claim for Damage to its Media Business '

#AceWorldNews – LONDON – April 28 – The Qatar-based satellite network Al Jazeera served Egypt with a $150 million compensation claim on Monday for what it said was damage to its media business inflicted by Cairo’s military rulers, a step likely to worsen Qatari-Egyptian relations.

In a move aimed at drawing attention to what Al Jazeera calls Egypt’s unacceptable treatment of it and its journalists, a lawyer acting for the pan-Arab channel told Reuters he had handed a legal document detailing the claim to a representative of the Egyptian government.

Egypt had begun a “sustained campaign” against Al Jazeera and its journalists after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July last year, said Cameron Doley, a lawyer at London law firm Carter-Ruck, which is handling the case.

“Al Jazeera invested substantial sums in Egypt,” said Doley. “The effect of this recent campaign by the military government is that this investment has been expropriated. Egypt is bound by international law to pay Al Jazeera just and effective compensation.”

Cairo had six months to settle the claim, filed in the context of a bilateral investment treaty, he said, or face an international tribunal. There was no immediate comment from the Egyptian authorities.


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` Egyptian Security Official Reports that Authorities have arrested Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman ‘

#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – April 27 – An Egyptian security official says authorities have arrested a spokesman for the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, who reportedly spent the past ten months on the run evading a government crackdown on the Islamist group, according to the Associated Press.

The official told the Associated Press that Mehrez was detained in the Egyptian capital on Friday.

The Muslim Brotherhood spokesman is accused of inciting murder and violence after Islamist President Mohammad Mursi was removed from power in July 2013.

Cairo designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group in late 2013 and since then authorities have been cracking down on the group from which Mursi hails.

An Al Arabiya correspondent said one woman was killed Friday during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces in the province of al-Fayyoum, south-west of Cairo.

Medical sources speaking to Reuters news agency identified the woman as Reda Dahish.

AP – AL-Arabiya – Reuters


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