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Selon un juriste constitutionnel, la nouvelle loi électorale égyptienne permet à Moubarak de se présenter

Selon un juriste constitutionnel, la nouvelle loi électorale égyptienne permet à Moubarak de se présenter | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By AYMAN MOSTAFA

CAIRO: Constitutional jurist Dr. Mohamed Nour Farahat said on Monday that the new electoral law enables former president Hosni Mubarak to run for president in the upcoming elections.

For that reason, Farahat demanded the government create more restricted conditions for candidacy, during his interview with the Al-Hayat Al-Youm channel.

Farahat added that he supports the ability to appeal electoral decisions with the Supreme Electoral Committee, and denounced a donation cap for candidates.

Originally published in Youm7.

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Egypte : le nouveau procès Moubarak éclipsé par la crise politique

Egypte : le nouveau procès Moubarak éclipsé par la crise politique | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

L'ancien président égyptien, condamné à la réclusion à perpétuité en première instance, est rejugé en appel pour complicité dans les meurtres de 800 manifestants au cours des 18 jours de la révolution de janvier-février 2011. (...)

Pour de nombreux observateurs, la crise politique et économique que traverse l'Egypteaujourd'hui pourrait éclipser les débats. A moins que  les Frères musulmans, au pouvoir désormais, "utilise le procès pour détourner l'attention des problèmes auxquels ils font face", souligne H.A. Hellyer, expert de la Brookings Institution.


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Le nouveau procès de Moubarak éclipsé par la crise politique et économique

Le nouveau procès de Moubarak éclipsé par la crise politique et économique | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le nouveau procès du président égyptien déchu Hosni Moubarak s'ouvre samedi au Caire, mais le sort de l'homme qui a dirigé l'Egypte pendant 30 ans est éclipsé par la tourmente politique et économique que traverse le pays.

M. Moubarak, son ancien ministre de l'Intérieur Habib el-Adli et six anciens responsables de la sécurité vont être rejugés pour complicité dans le meurtre et tentative de meurtre de centaines de manifestants pacifiques qui protestaient contre le régime au Caire, à Alexandrie, Suez et d'autres provinces entre le 25 et le 31 janvier 2011.

Les fils de l'ancien président, Alaa et Gamal, autrefois symboles de richesse et de pouvoir, vont quant à eux être rejugés pour corruption, tout comme leur père. L'homme d'affaires Hussein Salem est lui jugé par contumace, ayant fui vers l'Espagne.(...)

 

"Le pays ne va probablement pas prêter attention au procès", a dit à l'AFP H.A Hellyer, de la Brookings Institution.

"Il y a une possibilité que le parti au pouvoir utilise le procès pour détourner l'attention des problèmes auxquels il fait face", a-t-il ajouté.

Mais bien que le sort de M. Moubarak semble peu importer à beaucoup, le fait que personne n'ait rendu de comptes pour la mort de près de 850 personnes en 18 jours de soulèvement début 2011 continue à susciter la colère et la frustration.

 

Plus:http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/11/le-nouveau-procs-de-moub_n_3058903.html

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Corruption: nouvelle enquête pour Hosni Moubarak

Corruption: nouvelle enquête pour Hosni Moubarak | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Le procureur en chef de l’Égypte a ordonné l’ouverture d’une nouvelle enquête sur les allégations de corruption contre Hosni Moubarak, une décision qui obligera l’ancien président égyptien à demeurer derrière les barreaux durant son prochain procès.

L’homme de 84 ans sera de retour devant le tribunal le 13 avril pour son rôle présumé dans le massacre de centaines de manifestants durant le soulèvement populaire qui l’a chassé du pouvoir en février 2011.

Une cour d’appel égyptienne avait renversé en janvier le verdict de culpabilité assorti d’une peine d’emprisonnement à vie reçu par Moubarak et exigé la tenue d’un nouveau procès.

 

http://journalmetro.com/monde/287816/corruption-nouvelle-enquete-pour-hosni-moubarak/

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Mubarak May Be Freed From Jail In 3 Weeks

Mubarak May Be Freed From Jail In 3 Weeks | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may be released from prison in three weeks’ time, the country’s Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki said on Sunday.

Mubarak's conviction over his responsibility for the murder of demonstrators in Tahrir Square in 2011 was overturned two months ago, and a date for a new trial has been set. However, if the prosecution does not bring renewed charges against him, he will go free, said Mekki.

More on: http://amwalalghad.com/en/news/egypt-news/15695-mubarak-may-be-freed-from-jail-in-3-weeks.html

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Moubarak soutient Morsi, par Nabil El Choubachy

Moubarak soutient Morsi, par Nabil El Choubachy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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La nouvelle a fait l'effet d'une bombe. Alors que le président Mohamed Morsi est en train de perdre plusieurs de ses soutiens, que ses conseillers démissionnent ou sont démis les uns après les autres, que plusieurs de ses électeurs déclarent ouvertement regretter d'avoir voté pour lui, que les intellectuels qui l'ont soutenu lui demandent de provoquer des élections anticipées, que les Egyptiens descendent dans les rues pour lui demander de partir, un homme est venu lui apporter son soutien contre toute attente. (...)

Pourquoi tant de sympathie de la part de Moubarak, adversaire résolu des islamistes durant ses trente années au pouvoir, pour un homme qui avait été emprisonné à deux reprises sous son régime ? Il semble donc, après ces déclarations, que les relations entre l'ancien pouvoir et les Frères musulmans n'étaient pas aussi mauvaises qu'elles n'en avaient l'air. 
Lorsque Mohamed Morsi, alors cadre de la confrérie, déclarait que son mouvement n'allait pas présenter de candidats face aux ténors de l'ancien régime, il y a quelques années, certains analystes doutaient déjà de la nature secrète des relations entre eux. 
L'autre raison de ces déclarations c'est peut-être tout simplement que Hosni Moubarak trouve que le nouveau régime en place est la continuité logique du sien. 
Le pouvoir est toujours aussi centralisé aux mains d'une bande qui essaye de placer ses hommes à tous les postes clés pour verrouiller le pays, la police a toujours les mains libres pour réprimer les opposants coûte que coûte, les personnes proches du pouvoir essayent de se partager les entreprises et les sociétés du pays tel un gâteau que l'on partage et les médias publics sont à la solde du pouvoir en place. Les arrivistes qui ralliaient le PND, l'ex-parti de Moubarak, ont retourné leurs vestes, laissé pousser leurs barbes et sont maintenant des cadres du Parti de la Liberté et de la Justice des Frères musulmans. 
Et tant pis pour les doux rêveurs qui pensaient qu'avec leur Révolution, ils pouvaient changer la société et construire une nouvelle Égypte ! (Le Progrès égyptien)


http://213.158.162.45/~progres/index.php?action=news&id=20187

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Egypte : Moubarak soutient Morsi

Le président déchu Hosni Moubarak, un adversaire absolu des islamistes pendant ses 30 ans au pouvoir, estime que les Egyptiens doivent se rallier à son successeur islamiste Mohamed Morsi et cesser les protestations violentes, a indiqué son avocat aujourd'hui.

Mohamed Morsi «est le président élu, les gens doivent se rassembler autour de lui», a dit l'ancien homme fort égyptien à son avocat Farid al-Dib. «Moubarak est triste et frustré» devant la multiplication des manifestations violentes pour dénoncer la politique de M. Morsi, a ajouté l'avocat. Tout en reconnaissant le droit des Egyptiens à manifester pacifiquement, il souligne être hostile aux protestations violentes, toujours selon l'avocat.

AFP, via Le Figaro

Plus : http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2013/03/11/97001-20130311FILWWW00438-egypte-moubarak-soutient-morsi.php

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الديب: مبارك يرى من يخرب بلطجية لا ثوارا.. ويدعو المواطنين للالتفاف حول مرسي - بوابة

الديب: مبارك يرى من يخرب بلطجية لا ثوارا.. ويدعو المواطنين للالتفاف حول مرسي - بوابة | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Egypt-actus's insight:

Selon Farid El-Dîb, avocat de Moubarak, l'ex-président égyptien invite les citoyens à se rassembler autour de Morsi.

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Egypte: Les fonds Moubarak restent gelés en Suisse jusqu'après les législatives

Les fonds bloques en Suisse de l'ancien président égyptien Hosni Moubarak resteront gelés jusqu'après les législatives égyptiennes, prévues en juin, indique lundi le Ministère public de la Confédération (MPC) qui va attendre la fin des élections au moins pour accorder l'entraide judiciaire.

L'Office fédéral de la justice (OFJ) va évaluer la situation en Egypte avec le Département fédéral des affaires étrangères (DFAE) après le scrutin, a indiqué le porte-parole de l'OFJ Folco Galli.

Le MPC a indiqué avoir pris connaissance de cette recommandation et avoir décidé de poursuivre sa suspension des trois entraides judiciaires égyptiennes.

Les élections législatives en Egypte doivent débuter le 22 avril et avoir lieu en quatre phases. Les résultats sont attendus fin juin. Des avoirs du clan Moubarak estimés à 700 millions de francs sont bloqués en Suisse.

Le 12 décembre dernier, le Tribunal pénal fédéral (TPF) avait rendu un arrêt annulant la décision du MPC d'accorder aux autorités égyptiennes le droit d'accès au dossier sans restriction. Le MPC a confirmé mi-janvier cet arrêt en suspendant la restitution au Caire des fonds du régime de Hosni Moubarak. (Egypt State Information Service)

http://fr.allafrica.com/stories/201303050984.html

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Égypte : Hosni Moubarak rejugé le 13 Avril

Le nouveau procès d’Hosni Moubarak commencera le 13 avril prochain. L’ex président égyptien  a été condamné à la réclusion à perpétuité en première instance pour la mort de manifestants.

Premier ex-chef de l’État jugé dans son pays à la suite des soulèvements du Printemps arabe, Hosni Moubarak, âgé de 84 ans, se trouve actuellement dans un hôpital militaire au Caire.

Il est en détention depuis son renversement en février 2011. 

 

Par Wissal Ayadi

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Egypte: l’ex-président Moubarak à nouveau jugé à partir du 13 avril

Egypte: l’ex-président Moubarak à nouveau jugé à partir du  13 avril | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le nouveau procès du président égyptien déchu Hosni Moubarak, qui avait été condamné à la réclusion à perpétuité en première instance pour la mort de manifestants, commencera le 13 avril, a annoncé dimanche l’agence officielle Mena.

«Le président de la Cour d’appel du Caire, Samir Aboul Maati, a fixé la date du 13 avril pour rejuger l’ex-président Hosni Moubarak, ses deux fils Gamal et Alaa, son ministre de l’Intérieur Habib el-Adli, six de ses adjoints et l’homme d’affaires en fuite Hussein Salem», a précisé l’agence.

Agé de 84 ans, M. Moubarak est actuellement hospitalisé, selon une source de sécurité. Sa santé aurait commencé à décliner après son incarcération le 2 juin 2012, des sources de sécurité faisant alors état de dépression aiguë, de difficultés respiratoires et d’hypertension. Il avait subi quelques jours plus tard une défibrillation à deux reprises après des arrêts cardiaques.(...)

 

La Cour de Cassation avait décidé en janvier d'«annuler tous les verdicts prononcés par le tribunal criminel du Caire en juin 2012 et d’ordonner un nouveau procès» pour M. Moubarak et ses co-accusés.

 

Plus: http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2013/03/03/egypte-l-ex-president-moubarak-a-nouveau-juge-a-partir-du-13-avril_885894

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Mubarak planned to overthrow my father: Sadat’s daughter

Mubarak planned to overthrow my father: Sadat’s daughter | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose regime was toppled in 2011, had planned to stage a coup against his late predecessor Anwar Sadat, the latter’s daughter Ruqaya told Al Arabiya on Tuesday.

Mubarak, who served as Anwar’s vice president, visited the Pentagon at the time without informing him, she said.

“About one year or one year and a half before the assassination of my father, there were reports of a conspiracy to overthrow him, and it was the Israeli intelligence who informed my father,” Ruqaya added.

“Anwar Sadat, when he used to get cold, he delegates the vice president to run the country’s affairs. When he used to travel he used to do the same thing. It was clear that Mubarak tempted to hold power early on,” she said.

 

Egypt’s ambassador in London at the time told her that some of Mubarak’s and then-Defense Minister al-Musheer Abu Ghazleh’s trips to foreign countries “were suspicious,” and that the two men wanted to overthrow the government, Ruqaya said.

 

Three weeks prior to her father’s assassination, she conveyed the envoy’s worries to him, she added.(...)

More on:http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/27/268700.html

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Mohamed Morsi Mubarak: The Myth of Egypt's Democratic Transition

Mohamed Morsi Mubarak: The Myth of Egypt's Democratic Transition | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Two years ago today, Egyptians celebrated their toppling of President Hosni Mubarak and looked ahead to a future of change. Yet the second anniversary of Mubarak’s departure has been marked by further demonstrations, bloodshed, and new scenes of extreme state violence. Amid the now-routine use of tear gas and live fire on protests nationwide, there was the incredible footage of the repeated beating and violation of a citizen stripped naked by a gang of policemen in riot gear, and the death by brutal police torture of Popular Current activist Mohamed El-Gendy.

In this latest wave of national mobilization, Egyptians have been challenging a new president, whom they have dubbed “Mohamed Morsi Mubarak.” With this wordplay, and with the photo-shopped posters to match, Egypt’s revolutionaries have been demolishing the myth of the democratic legitimacy of the current incumbent, and ultimately that of the transitional period to which Egypt was subjected in 2011-12. They are also signaling that the revolution continues, a slogan that is hard to dismiss today.

Youthful political activist Ahmad Douma captured this reality perfectly in his retort to Abdel Moneim Abul Fettouh’s initiative for dialogue with Morsi: “this is the kind of talk that can be said in a television studio, but it has nothing to do with the street. Talk of dialogue while people are being killed is unacceptable. We should be talking about the president, who, for me and the people on the street, is not legitimate. He is merely a criminal on the run…” Activist and revolutionary icon Ahmad Harrara stated simply: “Morsi is not my president because he is a liar.” How did Morsi become Mubarak in just seven months? And how has the revolution grown to cope and resist?

Mubarak’s rule was reviled for many reasons, multiplying down the class scale. The language of the call to protest on 25 January 2011 gives the best indication: it was declared against “torture, poverty, corruption, and unemployment.” There was also a clear rejection during the eighteen days and afterwards of Mubarak’s deferent foreign policy pact with the United States and Israel. And yet, since the accession to the presidency of Muslim Brother Mohamed Morsi in summer 2012, each one of these political grievances has been refueled and reloaded. (Jadaliyya)

 

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Interview : Moukarak affirme que les Egyptiens veulent Al-Sissi

Interview : Moukarak affirme que les Egyptiens veulent Al-Sissi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Egypt's ex-president spoke to a Kuwaiti journalist at the Cairo military hospital where he has been held since his release from prison last year.

 

Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak has said in a rare interview that the Egyptian people want army commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi to be their next leader.

Fajr Al-Saeed, a Kuwaiti journalist, reportedly interviewed Mubarak earlier this week at the Cairo military hospital where he has been held since August last year when he was released from jail, Al-Ahram said.

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L'Egypte depuis la chute de Hosni Moubarak

L'Egypte depuis la chute de Hosni Moubarak | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Dates-clés de l'Egypte depuis la chute en février 2011 du régime de Hosni Moubarak, après 30 ans d'un règne sans partage.

 

--2011--

- 11 fév: Hosni Moubarak démissionne et remet ses pouvoirs au Conseil suprême des forces armées (CSFA), dirigé par le maréchal Hussein Tantaoui, au 18e jour d'une révolte populaire. Les violences ont fait près de 850 morts.

L'armée promet une "transition pacifique" vers "un pouvoir civil élu", puis suspend la Constitution et dissout le Parlement.

- 19 mars: Les Egyptiens votent massivement "oui" lors d'un référendum sur la révision de la Constitution, validant une transition vers un pouvoir civil élu.

- 13 avr: Moubarak placé en détention préventive dans un hôpital de Charm el-Cheikh (Sinaï, est). Il sera transféré au Caire début août, au moment du début de son procès.

 

Plus: http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/11/legypte-depuis-la-chute-_n_3059840.html

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Prosecutor general orders extended imprisonment for Hosni Mubarak

Prosecutor general orders extended imprisonment for Hosni Mubarak | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Prosecutor General Tala’at Abdullah ordered the incarceration of former President Hosni Mubarak for an extended 15-day period, state-owned Al-Ahram reported on Sunday. (...)

 

According to Al-Ahram, a source within the public prosecution said the extended incarceration will take effect once other temporary incarcerations related to other cases have been served.

Malek Adly, a lawyer at the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), called the decision to extend Mubarak’s imprisonment a media stunt which has little to do with any form of justice.

“On 15 April he will complete two years in jail without any final verdict from the courts,” Adly said. “The extended period will not make a difference because according to criminal law he could be imprisoned for up to 10 years without a formal sentence.”

 

More on: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/04/07/prosecutor-general-orders-extended-imprisonment-for-hosni-mubarak/

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Hosni Mubarak's family own assets on British territory

Hosni Mubarak's family own assets on British territory | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The family of ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak still owns assets on British territory nearly two years after British authorities called for them to be frozen, Egypt's largest investment bank has disclosed.

EFG Hermes, the fund's co-owners, has admitted that "to the best of [their] knowledge" Mubarak's son Gamal has a 17.5% stake in a fund registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). It is 20 months since the territory's authorities issued an order calling for the freezing of Gamal Mubarak's assets.

According to EFG-Hermes, Mubarak has received around $880,000 annually from the fund since it was incorporated in July 2002, though the fund currently does not contain any "meaningful" assets.

But the news – confirmed in emails to the campaigner Nick Hildyard, and to the Guardian – raises questions about the British government's willingness to pressure its overseas territories into investigating and freezing money belonging to Hosni Mubarak's family. It comes only six months after a BBC investigation revealed that former members of the Mubarak regime had millions of unfrozen assets on mainland Britain.

 

The Guardian

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Lawyer sues Mubarak for failing to ‘reclaim’ Eilat

Lawyer sues Mubarak for failing to ‘reclaim’ Eilat | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Othman Hafnawi appeals to Egypt’s attorney general, claiming Um Rashrash is Egyptian land.

 

An Egyptian lawyer has filed a lawsuit against former president Hosni Mubarak and other state officials for neglecting to “reclaim” Um Rashrash — the Israeli city of Eilat — and demanded that Egypt take the southern resort from Israel. The town, which had been occupied by the British and was claimed by Jordan, was captured by Israel during the War of Independence in March 1949.

 

Egyptian lawyer Othman Hafnawi filed the lawsuit with the country’s attorney general, accusing Mubarak, his former political adviser Osama El-Baz, former foreign minister Mohammed Kamel Amr and other government officials of “not lifting a finger to liberate the area occupied in 1967 [sic].” Hafnawi claimed that the Egyptian region of Um Rashrash consisted of 1,500 square kilometers (580 square miles) and was home mostly to Christian inhabitants, the Egyptian daily Al-Wafd reported on Sunday.

 

Egypt has never made any claim to the southern resort city, which sits near the border with Sinai. In 2006, Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Abul Ghaith told Al-Ahram daily that Um Rashrash was not Egyptian land.

But attorney Hafnawi insisted that Um Rashrash was Egyptian land, demanding that the court summon Turkey’s ambassador to Egypt to reveal the maps of a 1906 agreement in which the Ottoman Empire handed over the administration of Sinai to Egypt, then under British control.

 

More on: http://www.timesofisrael.com/lawyer-sues-mubarak-for-failing-to-reclaim-eilat/

 

 

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Égypte : Hosni Moubarak plaide la cause de Mohamed Morsi

Égypte : Hosni Moubarak plaide la cause de Mohamed Morsi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Selon son avocat, Farid Al-Dib, le président déchu Hosni Moubarak est "triste et frustré" devant la multiplication des manifestations violentes qui ont pour but de dénoncer la politique de son successeur Mohamed Morsi.

Mohamed Morsi s’attendait-il à un tel soutien ? Hosni Moubarak appelle les Égyptiens à se rallier à son successeur islamiste et à cesser les protestations violentes, a indiqué l'avocat du président déchu, Farid Al-Dib, lundi 11 mars. « Il est le président élu, les gens doivent se rassembler autour de lui », a dit l'ancien homme fort égyptien à son conseil.

Une prise de position opportune ? Elle paraît à tout le moins bien étonnante, tant l’inimité entre les deux hommes est de notoriété publique. Mohamed Morsi avait été emprisonné à deux reprises sous le régime d’Hosni Moubarak, adversaire résolu des islamistes durant ses trente années au pouvoir.



Lire l'article sur Jeuneafrique.com http://www.jeuneafrique.com/Article/ARTJAWEB20130311185235/hosni-moubarak-gypte-revolution-egyptienne-farid-al-dibgypte-hosni-moubarak-plaide-la-cause-de-mohamed-morsi.html

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Mubarak says Egyptians should support Morsi

Mubarak says Egyptians should support Morsi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Toppled president Hosni Mubarak, awaiting trial over his role in the deaths of protesters, believes Egyptians should rally around his Islamist successor and end violent protests, his lawyer said yesterday.

 

President Mohammed Morsi, twice jailed by Mubarak before he himself was overthrown on February 11, 2011, is the "elected president, people should rally around him", he told his lawyer, Farid El Deeb.

"Mubarak is sad and frustrated" by recurring violent protests targeting the Islamist president, Mr El Deeb said.(...)


Mubarak also spoke out against violent protests, although he believed Egyptians have the right to peaceful demonstrations, Mr El Deeb said.

"He still considers those who attacked police stations in 2011 were thugs and criminals," Mr El Deeb added, referring to protesters who torched police stations across the country during the 2011 revolt.



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Prosecution requests media gag order in new Mubarak embezzlement case

Prosecution requests media gag order in new Mubarak embezzlement case | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A ew investigation into accusations that members of the Mubarak family and other former officials had embezzled LE1 billion in public funds.

Hisham al-Qarmouty said media should not be able to report on details of the case until the investigation is completed.

He also requested that the Administrative Control Authority respect the order as well

Judicial sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm Tuesday that the Supreme State Security Prosecution had begun a new corruption investigation into a supposed plan for the renovation of presidential palaces that funneled state funds into a scheme to build and furnish private villas in New Cairo.

(...)The ACA had already proven that the defendants used LE50 million annually from the state budget that was supposed to be used for maintenance to build personal villas.

 

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Egypt Ends Travel Ban On Former Regime Members

Egypt Ends Travel Ban On Former Regime Members | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Cairo Criminal Court decided on Sunday to end a travel ban imposed previously on former regime figures including ousted President Hosni Mubarak, his wife Suzanne Thabet, his two sons Gamal and Alaa and their wives, state-run al-Ahram online newspaper reported.

The list also includes former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli, former presidential chief of staff Zakariya Azmy, and former Shura Council (upper house of parliament) speaker Safwat al-Sherif.

The decision also allows them to dispose of their funds and properties after they were prohibited to due to continuous investigations of the Public Funds Prosecution.(...)

Neither Mubarak's wife nor his two step-daughters were detained although they are included in the list.

 

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Judge ruling in Mubarak's retrial to step down, source claims

Judge ruling in Mubarak's retrial to step down, source claims | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The judge presiding over former President Hosni Mubarak's retrial will likely recuse himself from the case, according to a judiciary source.

The judge, Cairo Criminal Court head Mostafa Hassan Abdallah, has come under harsh attacks for exonerating former regime officials in an earlier case, and has asked Cairo Appeals Court head Samir Abul Maaty to remove him from the trial, said the source, who spoke under condition of anonymity.

The retrial is scheduled to begin on 13 April.

Hassan acquitted several former regime members in October 2012 on charges of responsibility for the death sof protesters during the 2011 Battle of the Camel. Defendants included former MP Ahmed Fathi Sorour and former Minister of Manpower Aisha Abdel Hadi.

The court would announce its decision concerning Abdallah's removal next week, the source said, adding that the Appeals Court would be obliged to accept the judge's decision if he submits a formal statement.

 

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Amid shortages, Egyptians grow to miss Mubarak

Amid shortages, Egyptians grow to miss Mubarak | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Long lines of trucks and microbuses idle outside a besieged gas station on the Nile's west bank, not far from the famed Valley of the Kings.

Drivers honk horns, frustrated by hours of waiting. Men in toe-length gowns stand along the road holding colorful fuel cans.

“We did you wrong, father of Ala'a, we are sorry!” one man shouts, using an informal title for Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

“I can wait for four, five, six hours. Sometimes we sleep out here,” says truck driver Sayed Husni Mohammed, 40, waiting in a quarter-mile-long line. “When I go out of this governorate, I don't know if I will find more fuel.”

As he waits, he siphons his truck's fuel through a hose into a red gas can — a little reserve for the road. “If my truck runs out of gas, I could get robbed,” he explains.

Across Upper Egypt — and all over the country, many truckers say — drivers are stuck in long fuel lines. Some say they wait for hours, only to find empty fuel pumps.

The shortage has some of them reminiscing about the Mubarak era.

Egypt, the most populous Arab state and a longtime U.S. ally, is facing its most serious political and economic problems since its revolution two years ago.

 

The nation is deeply divided between ruling Islamists, led by President Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood, and political liberals.

Its currency's value has fallen nearly 10 percent; its foreign cash reserves have plummeted by nearly two-thirds.

Tourism, a key economic sector, is struggling — and the crash on Tuesday of a tourist balloon here, killing 19 people, is likely to worsen that decline.

Adding to the fears of Egyptians and tourists alike, violent crime is rising.

“It's everywhere, and it has become a daily problem, the diesel in particular,” Ezzat Saad, Luxor's governor and former ambassador to Russia, says of the fuel shortages. “It is a very heavy responsibility on the shoulders of the governors everywhere you go.”

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It is a special problem in Luxor, one of Egypt's most-visited sites because of its pharaonic tombs and treasures.

 

Large tourist cruise ships use diesel fuel, Saad explains. “We have the sugar cane season from January to the end of May. They take the sugar cane from the field with trucks that are using diesel to the factory that is also using diesel.”

 

Drivers say they never know when fuel shipments will arrive. Tankers are hijacked, and the fuel is sold on black markets for triple its usual price, they add.

 

Microbus driver Seudi Nagah holds a bullet he says bandits fired at him.

 

“The police see everything, and they don't do anything,” says Nagah, 36. “After the revolution, the police slept. Robbers are everywhere, and people are being robbed and beaten.”

 

Portions of a main desert road lack cellphone reception and lighting. Sayed Ahmed Sayed, 28, who drives a freezer truck, says security there is so bad that “we sleep at night with one eye open, like a wolf.”

 

Like a growing number of Egyptians, Sayed says the country was better in the past: “Mubarak was screwing us, but there was work and security. When Morsy came, everything dried up.”

 

Saad says Egypt is running out of hard currency to pay for fuel and other imports, which account for nearly half of the nation's needs.

“Most of our refineries need modernization and are not working at full capacity,” he says.

 

Angry Egyptians are cutting roads and rail lines, Saad adds. “All of this is destroying tourism. That is why we give this problem our utmost attention.”


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Mubarak family to cede LE11m in unlawful newspaper gifts

Mubarak family to cede LE11m in unlawful newspaper gifts | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Supreme Public Funds Prosecution approved a request Tuesday by Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, sons of the former president, to return another LE11 million their family received in the form of expensive gifts from state-owned Al-Akhbar Al-Youm Institution for Journalism.  

Judicial sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that Gamal, Alaa, their wives and parents were given unlawful gifts paid for by public funds and that funds would be paid from the sons’ frozen bank accounts.

Last month the Public Funds Prosecution approved the return of LE 20 million for illegal gifts the family received from the Al-Ahram Newspaper and Publishing House. The funds were set to be taken from Alaa’s account.

Several other public figures were also implicated in the case, including Zakariya Azmy, the former chief of the president’s office, and Habib al-Adly, the Interior Minister.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)

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