EGYPT: ‘ Court Sentences Mubaraks former PM Nazif on Graft Charges ‘

#AceNewsReport – EGYPT:July.25: An Egyptian court has sentenced Ahmed Nazif, a former prime minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, to five years in jail, Reuters said.

He was sentenced on graft charges in a retrial, judicial sources said on Wednesday. The retrial was ordered after Nazif had previously been sentenced to three years and launched an appeal.

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` Egyptian Electorate Voted Overwhelmingly for Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – June 04 – With all the votes counted, Egyptian Election Commission has announced that the former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi won the presidency by a landslide of 96.91 percent.

Some 23.78 million people cast their ballots for the 59-year-old politician in the May 26-28 election. El-Sisi’s sole challenger, leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, managed to get only 757,511 – or 3.9 percent – of the vote with a turnout of 47.45 percent.

After the announcement, several hundred people gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to celebrate: they set off fireworks, cheered and sang pro-military songs, The Associated Press reported.

However, El Sisi’s campaign said turnout nationwide was around 44 per cent, even after voting was extended for a third day Wednesday — well below the nearly 52 per cent turnout in the June 2012 election won by Morsi.

In his final campaign TV interview last week, El Sisi set the bar even higher, saying he wanted more than 40 million voters — there are nearly 54 million registered voters — to cast ballots to “show the world” the extent of his popular backing.

(National) – El-Sissi supporters held all-night celebrations in Cairo, with several thousands gathered at the central Tahrir Square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. They waved Egyptian flags, el-Sisi posters and danced. There were similar celebrations in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and a string of other cities north of the capital and in the Oasis province of Fayoum south-west of Cairo.

Critics said the lack of enthusiasm at the polls was in part due to apathy among even el-Sisi supporters, knowing that his victory was a foregone conclusion. Others said it showed discontent with el-Sisi, not just among his Islamist foes but also among a broader section of the public that believes he has no concrete plans for Egypt’s woes and fears he will return Egypt to the autocratic ways of Hosni Mubarak.

The tepid turnout was particularly embarrassing because the government and media had whipped up adulation for el-Sisi over the past 10 months, depicting him as a warrior against terrorism and the only person able to tackle Egypt’s economic problems, high unemployment, inflation and instability.

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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.

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#AceWorldNews says Egypt’s outgoing housing minister Ibrahim Mahlab…

#AceWorldNews says Egypt’s outgoing housing minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, told state-run Al-Ahram newspaper Tuesday that he had been asked to form a new government.

Mahlab is a civil engineer who was an official in deposed President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, Reuters reported.

Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to run for the presidency, was the defence minister in the country’s government that resigned Monday.

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`Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak & Two Sons appear in `Cairo Court’ facing charges they wasted millions of dollars in Public Funds`

#AceWorldNews says that Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are facing charges that they wasted millions of dollars in public funds allocated to renovate presidential palaces, AP reported.

They appeared before a Cairo court on Wednesday, the first session in the case after a months-long hiatus.

The trial initially opened in August, but the court sent it back to the prosecutor general who added four new defendants.

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#Cairo :” Egyptian `Interior Ministry Official’ `Assassinated’ by `Gunmen’ on Motorcycle”

#AceNewsServices says `Gunmen on Motorbike Kill Senior Egyptian Interior Ministry Official today’

Two gunmen on a motorbike assassinated a senior Egyptian Interior Ministry official outside his home in Cairo on Tuesday. “General Mohamed Saeed, head of the technical office of the minister of interior, was targeted by gunmen,” Reuters quoted a security official as saying.

The assassination was carried out days before army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to announce his candidacy for president.

 

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#Cairo : “Third blast `Ring’s Out’ after `Bomb’s’ Hit Police HQ”

#AceNewsServices says `Third’ blast in Cairo after bombs at police HQ, subway kill 5 & injure dozens

Published time: January 24, 2014 05:17
Edited time: January 24, 2014 09:32
Police officers and people gather in front of the destroyed Islamic Museum building, after a bomb blast occurred at the police headquarters nearby, in downtown Cairo, January 24, 2014. (Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh) Police officers and people gather in front of the destroyed Islamic Museum building, after a bomb blast occurred at the police headquarters nearby, in downtown Cairo, January 24, 2014. (Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Three blasts hit Cairo on Friday, targeting police HQ, a metro station and a police station. They apparent string of militant attacks claimed at least five people and injured scores of others.

The latest explosion was reported near a police station in the suburbs of the Egyptian capital. The explosion, in the west Cairo Talebiya district on the main road leading to the Giza pyramids, caused no fatalities.

Minutes earlier a blast killed at least one person and injured 15 near the Behooth subway station. State TV reported that it was caused by a crude explosive device.

But a conflicting report said the blast happened in a drive-by attack on security vehicles, in which the attacker threw a hand grenade.

The early morning blast on the police headquarters in Cairo was the highest profile attack on security forces in months. It was carried out by a suicide bomber in an explosive-laden car, which detonated in front of the building.

التلفزيون المصري: إطلاق نار وانفجار ضخم يستهدف مديرية أمن #القاهرة pic.twitter.com/hzTx5e6aF8

— mohamad_elghonami ® (@m_elghonami) January 24, 2014

The Friday morning explosion at the Cairo Security Directorate left four people dead and injured 73 others, according to the Health Ministry.

Pictures from the scene show damaged fronts of several buildings in Port Said street, including the police headquarters and the famous Museum of Islamic Art..

First pictures coming from the Egyptian capital #Cairo#Egyptpic.twitter.com/pyWsHwuCSH

— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) January 24, 2014

Witnesses reported injured people being dragged out of the damaged building and transferred into ambulances.

The body of the suspected suicide bomber, who apparently drove the car to the building, was found.

#Cairo blast took place near police headquarters -state TV http://t.co/gCv2roIQaK#Egyptpic.twitter.com/RHCKDf5HV1

— Jay (@CharleyCanucky) January 24, 2014

The blast was powerful enough to be heard from kilometers away in all directions. It also sent a large plume of black smoke into the sky.

“Casualties were relatively small given the size of the blast,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif.

There were also reports of machine gun fire in the area following the explosion, indicating a likely militant attack. Witnesses said they saw gunmen on motorbikes shooting at the police HQ just after the bomb went off.

Just heard what sounded like loud explosion, plume of black smoke seen from window in Mounira #Cairo#Egyptpic.twitter.com/cGhzxlhpRc

— shadi rahimi شادي (@shadirahimi) January 24, 2014

Egyptian state TV showed a crowd standing in front of the HQ building in the wake of the blast, chanting“people demand the execution of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Egyptian security troops and army soldiers have faced regular militant attacks since July 2013, when a military coup deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

There have been at least three bomb attacks in the last weeks in the country, including a suicide coming at a police compound in Mansoura, north of Cairo, which killed 15 people.

“We don’t know who is behind these bombings, but it seems likely that they are part of a pattern of bombings carried out by jihadist militants with links to the war, which is raging in the Sinai. And the message to the Egyptian government is: ‘We do not accept your constitution, we do not accept your government, we see them as traitors and we want to bring the whole house crashing down,’” Cairo-based journalist Hugh Miles told RT.

The attack on police HQ on Friday and the second blast come less than a week after Egyptians approved a new constitution, despite a vote boycott by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which was outlawed after the coup.

The Brotherhood was planning a massive protest after Friday prayers across the country, the largest in a series of similar events.

The bombings raise new concerns over security during the upcoming anniversary celebrations of the 2011 revolution, which ousted Egypt’s long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak. The Interior Ministry pledged to protect the Saturday celebration.

 

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