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Investigation: Salafi NGO received LE223 mn from foreign 'religious extremists

Others | 6 March 2012
Authorities referred the Salafi NGO Ansar al-Sunnah to investigation by the Public Funds Prosecution over charges of embezzlement and illegally receiving foreign funding, judicial sources told privately owned Al-Tahrir newspaper Tuesday. Last September, police raided 17 NGO offices, including several US-based pro-democracy groups. The government said at the time that the raid was part of wider probe into the massive amounts of illegal funds pouring into the country following the ouster of the former President Hosni Mubarak last year... More

Brotherhood’s deputy supreme guide heads to Qatar for talks

Others | 6 March 2012
Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Khairat al-Shater traveled to Doha on Monday for talks with Qatari officials about recent developments in the region. The visit will last for few days. An informed source who was with Shater at Cairo International Airport said talks “will tackle coordination between Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party on developments in Egypt and the Arab region.”.. More

Salafist MPs insists constitution reflect Egypt's 'Islamist identity'

Others | 6 March 2012
Salafist MP Mamdouh Ismail of Asala Party stated in parliament's first joint session of the upper and lower house held on Saturday, which deliberates the formation of the country's constituent assembly, that Egypt's constitution should reflect the "Islamist identity" of the nation... More

Brotherhood deputy chairman El-Shater visits Qatar

Others | 6 March 2012
Muslim brotherhood deputy chairman Khairat El-Shater left Cairo for Doha on Monday for a visit that will last several days during which he will meet a number of Qatari officials. El-Shater will discuss both recent developments in Egypt as well as regional affairs... More

Nose job ends Salafist MP's political career

Others | 6 March 2012
SalafistNour Party MP Anwar El-Balkimy was allegedly attacked few days ago in the latest reported armed assault on a prominent Egyptian politician. Allegations, however, have subsequently emerged that the MPs facial injuries – which he says he sustained in the attack – were actually the result of a plastic surgery. .. More

Military court adjourns Maspero massacre case to 13 March

Others | 5 March 2012
A military court has adjourned the case of protester deaths during a mostly Coptic march in October to 13 March, MENA reported on Sunday. The court said that it needs to hear the testimonies of more witnesses. Three soldiers are charged with killing protesters: Mahmoud Abdel Hameed Suliman, 21, Karam Hamed Mohamed, 21, and Mahmoud Gamal Taha, 22... More

Brotherhood denies McCain allegations it helped US NGO workers leave Egypt

Others | 5 March 2012
Senior members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have reacted angrily to statements by US Senator John McCain in which he thanked the group for its role in lifting the travel ban on indicted foreign NGO workers. At least thirteen foreign nationals, uncluding several Americans, out of 43 people accused of working in Egypt and raising US funds without appropriate government authorisation, departed Egypt on a US military plane on Thursday... More

Salafi group calls to commemorate State Security dissolution

Others | 5 March 2012
The Salafi Front in Egypt has called on Egyptians to demonstrate in front of Parliament on Monday at 4 pm in remembrance of the dissolution of the State Security Investigation Services. The front said in a statement that the dissolution was only “formal” because it was replaced by the National Security Agency, which has the same practices... More

Jama'a al-Islamiya suggests MPs make up 70 percent of constituent assembly

Others | 5 March 2012
Jama’a al-Islamiya has proposed that 70 percent of members of the constituent assembly that will write Egypt’s new constitution be chosen from among Parliament’s elected members in both houses. The remaining 30 percent should be non-parliamentary, a statement issued Sunday by the group’s Construction and Development Party said... More

Freedom and Justice Party in talks to form coalition government

Others | 5 March 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party has begun consultations with certain parties with a view to forming a coalition government, said Farid Ismail, the deputy for Parliament’s Defense and National Security Committee. Ismail, who denied having communicated with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on the subject, said Parliament is generally inclined to reject the government statement delivered by the military-appointed prime minister, Kamal al-Ganzouri, in late February... More

Salafist presidential hopeful vows to release political prisoners

Others | 2 March 2012
Salafist leader and presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abou-Ismail has announced that, should he become Egypt's next president, he would immediately order the release of all political prisoners and end the longstanding practice of referring civilians to military trials. Abou-Ismail made the statement during a visit to the Cairo headquarters of the Building and Development Party (BDP), Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's political arm... More

Coptic groups not on board with Brotherhood meeting

Others | 2 March 2012
While Christian churches in Egypt endorsed an Anglican initiative to meet with Muslim Brotherhood leaders Tuesday, various Coptic groups continued to reject dialogue with the Islamist organization. Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and his deputy Rashad al-Bayoumy, along with other group officials, received a high-level delegation Tuesday, including 17 members led by head of the Anglican Communion Safwat al-Bayaady and Anglican Church Undersecretary Andre Zaky, to discuss citizenship issues and religious freedoms. .. More

Eastern Christians and the Arab Spring

Others | 1 March 2012
The Eastern Christians are worried. Worried about their survival in a region they have lived in for 2,000 years. Worried about their rights being respected at a time of major upheaval. Worried about heightened religious tensions. I want to tell them that I understand them, that I understand their fears... More

Copts request representation in constituent assembly

Others | 1 March 2012
Coptic activists have requested representation in the constituent assembly that will draft the new constitution that is commensurate with their percentage of the population, not of Parliament. “Copts are 15 to 20 percent of the population,” said Sherif Doss, head of the General Coptic As.. More

Salafi party calls for expats, Copts and Nubians to be represented in constituent assembly

Others | 1 March 2012
Emad Abdel Ghafour, president of the Salafi Nour Party, said Wednesday that the constituent assembly of 100 people that would be tasked with writing the new constitution should include members of all political forces, in addition to representatives of Egyptian expatriates, Coptic Christians and Nubians... More

Salafi party calls for expats, Copts and Nubians to be represented in constituent assembly

Others | 1 March 2012
Emad Abdel Ghafour, president of the Salafi Nour Party, said Wednesday that the constituent assembly of 100 people that would be tasked with writing the new constitution should include members of all political forces, in addition to representatives of Egyptian expatriates, Coptic Christians and Nubians. “The assembly must represent all segments of society,” he said... More

Coptic Activist Michael Mounir banned from leaving Egypt

Others | 1 March 2012
The judge investigating the deaths of 27 protesters during a Coptic-led march to Maspero state television headquarters in October, has banned Michael Mounir, an Egyptian-American Coptic activist, from leaving Egypt. Mounir, the president and founder of the liberal Hayat Party, has also been called for investigation... More

Parliament committee refuses to discuss eviction of Coptic families

Others | 29 February 2012
Parliament's legislative committee on Monday refused during its meeting to discuss a memorandum concerning the relocation of eight Coptic families from Amreya, near Alexandria. Committee members said they cannot discuss a topic handled by another committee, in this case the human rights committee. They said the memo was referred to them by Samy Mahran, Parliament's secretary general, and not Parliament Speaker Saad al-Katatny... More

Family of Murdered Egyptian Christians On the Run Due to Muslim Terror

Mary Abdelmassih | 16 December 2011
(AINA) -- Two weeks after the murder of two Christian brothers by Muslims during the violence that swept the upper Egyptian village of elGhorayzat, the family of the murdered Christians has temporarily come out of hiding to speak of the terror they have been subjected to and decry the impunity enjoyed by the killers, who are walking freely in the village. On November 28, the two Christian brothers, Kamel Tamer Abraham (55) and Camille Tamer Abraham (50), were killed in revenge for the death of the Muslim Mohamad Abdel-Nazeer, who was injured during an altercation with a village Christian over the building of a fence round the Christian's house, and who later died in hospital. The Christian man fled from the village with his family... More

Military re-sentences Maikel Nabil to two years in prison

Others | 16 December 2011
Coptic blogger Maikel Nabil has been sentenced to two years in military prison on Wednesday and fined LE200 (US$30.3). The verdict was returned by a C28 military court Wednesday after the case was adjourned five times over the past few months... More

27 Maspero suspects released, Abd El Fattah still in detention

Others | 16 December 2011
A judge representing the public prosecutor’s office agreed on Thursday to release 27 out of 28 suspects in the case of the 9 October Maspero violence, in which 31 people were killed when the military and police attacked protesters, most of whom were Copts. However, prominent blogger and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, who was also arrested in connection with the Maspero incident, remains in detention, his father and lawyer Ahmed Seif al-Islam told Egypt Independent... More