Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi testified at Giza Criminal Court at the Police Academy for thirty minutes Tuesday at the trial of dozens of senior intelligence officers accused of ordering the destruction of important documents.
The defendants in the case stand accused of burning and destroying SSIS documents in the wake of the 25 January revolution.
During the session, Sisi denied that the
Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi testified at Giza Criminal Court at the Police Academy for thirty minutes Tuesday at the trial of dozens of senior intelligence officers accused of ordering the destruction of important documents.The defendants in the case stand accused of burning and destroying SSIS documents in the wake of the 25 January revolution.During the session, Sisi denied that the
A state security officer has been jailed for torturing to death a man suspected of involvement in the Two Saints Church bombing.Alexandria Criminal Court sentenced Osama El-Keneisy to 15 years in jail for torturing and killing Sayed Belal, a Salafist, who had been arrested during an investigation into a church bombing that killed 23 people on 1 January 2011.El-Keneisy was sentenced, in absentia,
President Hosni Mubarak will be assessed by a medical committee on Tuesday to see if he can be transferred from Maadi Military Hospital back to Tora Prison Hospital, general prosecution spokesperson Judge Mahmoud El-Hefnawy has told Ahram Online.The doctors will issue a report to the general prosecution.On Saturday, Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah requested that Mubarak be transferred, health
The number of tourists visiting Egypt in February of this year grew 12 percent over the corresponding month one year earlier, new data from Egypt's official statistics agency CAPMAS showed on Monday.A total of 845,000 tourists visited Egypt in February 2013 – slightly higher than the 753,000 who visited Egypt in February 2012 but still significantly lower than the 1 million who came in
Egypt's unemployment rate for 2012 grew to 12.7 percent, mainly due to the "circumstances that followed the January 25 Revolution," the country's official statistics agency, CAPMAS, said on Tuesday.Around 242,000 joined the unemployment lines in 2012 as the jobless total reached 3.4 million out of a labour force of 27 million.The Egyptian economy was severely hit by the aftermath of the 2011
EFG-Hermes, the Middle Easts largest investment bank, said on Tuesday it has not received notification from Egypts financial regulator of clearance for its merger with QInvest of Qatar.Shares in EFG jumped 6 percent on a newspaper report that Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil had told Qatari businessmen that the deal would go through by the end of this week during a visit to Doha last
Minister of Defence Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has testified in the trial of police officials accused of destroying documents at the State Security Apparatus in 2011.The trial is taking place at the police academy in New Cairo. Journalists were asked to leave the courtroom during El-Sisi's testimony.Hassan Abdel-Rahman, former head of the now-disbanded State Security Apparatus, is accused of ordering
Mohamed Omar Wahby, head of the Cabinet’s Administrative Control Authority, has said that frozen assets in Switzerland and England amount of a value of US$934 million associated with more than 200 figures affiliated to the former regime.
Speaking at the fourth conference for the Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network, held in Beirut, Wahby said all measures are being taken to
The Egyptian Jewish Community Council has selected Magda Haroun as its new head succeeding Carmen Weinstein, who died on Saturday aged 82.
The funeral will be held on Thursday.
Haroun said she was chosen after a meeting for the community, about 20 women, following Weinstein’s death and that arrangements for the funeral were made.
The new chief called on followers of all
Egypt said on Tuesday it awarded contracts for a minimum investment of $1.2 billion in eight oil and gas prospection projects in the Mediterranean Sea off its northern coast.
A statement from the ministry of petroleum said the awards were the result of an international tender which received 13 offers from domestic and foreign companies.
The firms, including BP, Petroceltic International ,
Dozens of Zamalek Club Ultras, known as the White Knights, closed the gates of the Ministry of Sports in Cairo to protest a decision denying them attendance at all football games.
Ministry security officials are negotiating with the youths to end their protest.
Last week, Sports Minister al-Emary Farouq banned fans from attending local and African games, following a rampage that followed an
Egypt and the International Monetary Fund failed to agree on terms for a $4.8 billion loan that could ease a worsening economic crisis in the Arab worlds most populous nation.
After nearly two weeks of negotiations in Cairo, IMF mission chief Andreas Bauer, in a statement issued early on Tuesday, cited progress, notably in Egypts efforts to better target fuel subsidies and broaden its revenue
An International Monetary Fund mission ended 12 days of talks in Cairo without reaching an agreement on a proposed $4.8 billion standby loan to help Egypt ease a deepening economic crisis.
Following is the full text of an IMF statement issued early on Tuesday:
A staff mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited Cairo during April 2-15.
The team met with Prime Minister Hisham
All Nile Basin countries should unite around the issue of sharing the Nile’s water, instead of fighting over it, said Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr in a meeting with his Eritrean counterpart Othman Saleh and the Eritrean ambassador in Cairo on Monday.
“We all should benefit equally from the river,” he declared.
When asked whether the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam would threaten
A report by a fact-finding committee appointed by President Mohamed Morsy that had implicated the Armed Forces in torture and other human rights abuses against protesters during the 25 January revolution did not, in fact, contain any evidence that the military had committed such acts, claimed Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah on Monday.
Parts of the report had been leaked by the London-based
Controversial talk show host Tawfiq Okasha, owner of the private Al-Faraeen satellite channel, was acquitted on charges of defaming the president on Monday.
The Nasr City Misdemeanor Court also threw out the lawsuit against Okasha that was filed by lawyer Ramadan Abdel Basset.
The charges were filed against Okasha after he went on air to accuse President Mohamed Morsy of losing his legitimacy by
The Foreign Ministry summoned the Canadian charge d’affaires in Cairo on Monday to ask why the Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird had a formal meeting with an Israeli government official in East Jerusalem.
“We told him we were surprised by this meeting,” said ministry spokesperson Amr Roshdy. “This makes Canada a partner in Israel's violations of the legitimate
The Egyptian judiciary is “pulling the country into an abyss,” the Islamic Jihad movement warned on Monday following news that the South Cairo Criminal Court had ruled to release former President Hosni Mubarak from his pre-trial detention.
The ousted president is being retried on charges of ordering the killing of protesters in the 25 January revolution. Despite the court’s
Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Mursi will seek oil, gas and silos for grain storage when he visits Russia this week in a bid to revive cooperation that flourished in the Soviet era, officials said.
The visit is the latest example Cairos effort to forge what officials have described as a more balanced foreign policy following the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak, under
The General Authority for Veterinary Services is considering putting an end to its practice of poisoning and shooting stray dogs, and instead adopting sterilization as a method of reducing their rate of reproduction, as recommended by the World Organization for Animal Health.
The Agriculture Ministry has so far impeded efforts to adopt castration as a form of population control, as it
The Central Agency for Organization and Administration has issued a report claiming that strikes and sit-ins in Egypt have turned from being a legitimate right of workers to a threat to the economy.
The report, published by the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram on Monday, states that the total number of sit-ins and strikes at the railway lines over two years from January 2011 until January of this