Egyptian who called for referendum on El-Sisi’s government arrested — lawyer

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was re-elected in March after all serious challengers were either arrested or pressured into leaving the race. (AFP)
Updated 23 August 2018
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Egyptian who called for referendum on El-Sisi’s government arrested — lawyer

CAIRO: The lawyer for a former diplomat who called for a referendum on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s government has been arrested.
Khaled Ali says he was told by Masoum Marzouk’s family that he was taken from his home on Thursday and that his whereabouts are unknown.
Marzouk called for the referendum earlier this month and proposed a roadmap for a political transition if Egyptians voted against the government. He said if the government did not respond positively to the initiative he would hold a “popular conference” in Cairo’s Tahrir Square — epicenter of the 2011 uprising — on Aug. 31.
El-Sisi was re-elected in March after all serious challengers were either arrested or pressured into leaving the race. His government has waged a sweeping crackdown on dissent in recent years.


Egypt court removes judge who got Mubarak’s sons detained

Updated 20 September 2018
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Egypt court removes judge who got Mubarak’s sons detained

CAIRO: An Egyptian court has accepted a defense motion to remove a judge who ordered the detention of former President Hosni Mubarak’s two sons in connection with their ongoing trial on insider trading charges.
The legal basis for Thursday’s verdict wasn’t immediately known. It came less than a week after judge Ahmed Aboul-Fetouh ordered the two younger Mubaraks detained — wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir apparent Gamal — before he adjourned their hearings until Oct. 20.
Also unknown is whether legal proceedings would now begin to secure their release.
Separately, the two and their father were detained in 2011 and later sentenced to three years each for embezzling funds meant for maintenance of presidential palaces.
The sons were released in 2015 for time served. Mubarak was freed last year.