Mursi faces probe for jailbreak

Updated 17 July 2013
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Mursi faces probe for jailbreak

Officials in Cairo say prosecutors will investigate allegations that Egypt’s ousted president escaped from prison during the 2011 revolution with help from the Palestinian group Hamas.
According to The Associated Press, the officials say chief prosecutor Hesham Barakat has collected testimonies from a court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia that will be the base for an investigation by state security prosecutors into the jailbreak by Muhammad Mursi and more than 30 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
The question of whether Hamas helped them escape amid the chaos surrounding the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak has been debated in the media for months.
Hamas denied any role. Mursi has said that local residents helped him escape.
The developments came more than a week after Mursi was overthrown by the military.
Egypt’s Premier Hazem Al-Beblawi said he does not rule out Muslim Brotherhood members in his cabinet, even as the group vowed to keep defying the army’s ouster of Mursi.
Al-Beblawi told AFP in a telephone interview he was still considering the makeup of his interim government.
 


Transition government, elections to follow weapons decommissioning: New UN envoy's road map for Yemen

Updated 54 min 24 sec ago
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Transition government, elections to follow weapons decommissioning: New UN envoy's road map for Yemen

  • Martin Griffith the UN special envoy to Yemen hopes to float a new blueprint
  • Yemen's foreign minister said he will work with Houthis as long as weapons are decommissioned

LONDON: The UN special envoy to Yemen has returned to the country armed with a new political settlement to end the ongoing war.

Sources were quoted by Al Sharq Al-Awsat that Martin Griffith the UN special envoy to Yemen hopes to float a new-old blueprint to end the war by getting the parties to agree to a political settlement based on a transitional period to be followed by elections if both parties to the conflict agree to his plan.

Griffith hopes to start political talks without addressing the armed groups and their weapons, in the hope of addressing this sensitive issue later.

The proposed talks center around a negotiation process between a legitimate government and the proponent of the coup carried out by the Houthi militia backed by Iran in September 2015.

Yemen’s foreign minister Andel Malek Al-Mekhlafi said that his government is willing to work with the Houthis in a unity government in a transitional phase, as long as weapons are decommissioned; “so that we don’t legitimize the coup and its gains,” Al-Mekhlafi said.

While Yemen awaits practical steps to apply the UN special envoy’s vision, many experts in Yemen question the Houthi militia’s intent and commitment to any political settlement, with many believing that they will wait for orders from the Iranian government.