Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack

Egyptian security forces stand guard outside the court in Cairo, Egypt, in this file photo taken on January 3, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack

  • Egypt’s courts have sentenced hundreds of people to death or lengthy jail terms over the unrest that followed Mursi's overthrow
  • The same court on Monday sentenced 80 people to 25-year prison terms and a further 34 to 15 years each in jail over the Kerdassa incident

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 66 people to life in prison, including Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie, over an August 2013 attack on a police station in Minya. Death sentences were meted out to 183 people over the deadly attack on the police station in the southern province, before a retrial was ordered.
On Sunday, around 700 people were tried again in this case, said defense lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsood.
Sixty-six of the 700 were sentenced to life imprisonment, which is 25 years in Egypt, 288 were acquitted, six have died since the first trial and the rest were sentenced to between three and 15 years in prison.Saudi Arabia
Badie, 75, was on Sunday convicted of inciting his supporters to violence in the Minya case following the ouster of Mohammed Mursi in July 2013.
Badie, on trial in 35 cases related to the Brotherhood, has been sentenced to death in several of them but the verdicts have been overturned by the court of cassation. He received life sentences in more than five cases.
Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands arrested since the military ousted Mursi.
Elected after the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak, Mursi served as president for a year before being toppled after mass protests against his divisive rule.
His successor was former military chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. His government says its priority is to reform the economy and fight “terrorism,” and accusing its detractors of seeking to harm Egypt’s interests.
On Sept. 8, a Cairo court sentenced 75 people to death, including other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.


El-Sisi confident Russian flights will resume ‘soon’ to Egyptian resort cities

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El-Sisi confident Russian flights will resume ‘soon’ to Egyptian resort cities

  • “I am confident that given the positive spirit between the two countries, direct flights to other Egyptian cities will resume,” Sisi said
  • El-Sisi also hailed Egypt’s diplomatic relations with Russia, which have enjoyed a course of 75 years

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Tuesday he is confident Russia will resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts as he discussed ways to bolster ties with Russian officials and lawmakers.

Addressing the Russian parliament’s upper house, El-Sisi said: “Our efforts to resume direct flights between Cairo and Moscow ended in success after the visit by President Putin to Egypt in December 2017.

“I am confident that given the positive spirit between the two countries, direct flights to other Egyptian cities will resume,” the Egyptian president said, emphasizing that restoring the flights was essential for Egypt’s tourism industry.

The highest number of tourists to Egypt annually used to come from Russia before Moscow suspended flights after a bomb planted by the Daesh group brought a Russian passenger plane down over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board.

Earlier this year, flights between Moscow and Cairo resumed in April after Egyptian officials beefed up airport security.

El-Sisi also hailed Egypt’s diplomatic relations with Russia, which have enjoyed a course of 75 years.

“Russia was the first to help Egypt restore its occupied territories. Egypt also won’t forget Russia’s contribution in its battle for development, as it helped [Egypt] build the high dam and other megaprojects,” he said.

El-Sisi attended meetings in Moscow with top Russian lawmakers and Cabinet ministers, he then met over dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi later in the day.

The two leaders have developed a close personal rapport and sought to expand bilateral ties, which have strengthened considerably over the past few years.

El-Sisi is on his fourth trip to Russia since taking office in 2014, and Putin visited Egypt in 2015 and 2017.

Egypt has signed deals to buy billions of dollars’ worth of Russian weapons, including fighter jets and assault helicopters. When Putin visited Cairo last December, officials signed a deal for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Dabaa.