|TV presenter slapped with fine for insulting Brotherhood's El-Erian|
|[Al Ahram] The 6 October Misdemeanour Court on Wednesday fined television host Jihan Mansour LE10,000 for "insulting" and "defaming" Essam El-Erian, vice president of the Freedom and Justice Party.'s |
The court ordered Mansour to pay LE10,000
Last October, El-Erian accused the Dream TV host of taking money to insult him and the Brotherhood on her television programme.
The crisis with Mansour began last year when she produced an episode of her show, Sabahak Ya Masr ('Good Morning Egypt'), following in Tahrir Square during which Brotherhood members reportedly attacked anti-government protesters.
El-Erian called the show on air to comment on the accusations, asserting that Mansour had been paid to attack the Islamist group.
In the same show, Mansour threatened to take legal action against El-Erian, accusing the leading Brotherhood figure of speaking to her in "an unprofessional manner."
|Egyptian teacher accused of insulting Morsi over 'sheep' question|
|[Al Ahram] Ihab El-Islamboly, an English teacher in Alexandria, was questioned by police on Tuesday for setting a "politicised" exam question that "insulted" President Mohamed Morsi.|
The question that angered some members of the Alexandria teachers' syndicate, which El-Islamboly says is dominated by the , included the quote, "In the animal kingdom, a sheep cannot be king."
El-Islamboly told Al-Ahram Arabic news website that he had not intended to insult the president, who hails from the Brotherhood, and the quote is part of the curriculum.
"What part of this quote has anything to do with the president or politics?" asked El-Islamboly.
Critics often accuse members of acting like sheep for slavishly following the orders of the group's supreme-guide.
On Saturday, the deputy education minister in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate ordered the punishment of an English teacher for including a question involving an imaginary dialogue between ousted president and his successor Morsi.
Early last year, a teacher in the Nile Delta governorate of Sharqiya was penalised for setting an exam that included a question equating protesters with criminals and another requesting an essay congratulating the 's Freedom and Justice Party for winning a majority in Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliamentary polls.
|Egyptian Salafist: "Shia Are More Dangerous Than Naked Women"|
| A statement from a member of Parliament of the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party has argued that Shia are “more dangerous than naked women” in comments that have brought on an onslaught of sardonic comments as well as anger from Egypt’s activist community, who have urged the government to make it clear that discrimination will not be tolerated.|
According to a report in al-Ahram – a government-run daily newspaper - members of the committee called on Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou to discuss the issue in the council, the country’s upper house of parliament which is holding legislative powers until a house of representatives is elected.
The committee, headed by Fathy Shehab El-Din of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), reportedly had an argument on the effects Iranian tourists could have on Egypt.
“The Shias are more dangerous than naked [women],” MP Tharwat Attallah of the Salafist Nour Party said during the meeting.
“They are a danger to Egypt’s national security; Egyptians could be deceived into [converting to] Shiism, giving it a chance to spread in Egypt,” he added.
Activist Nora Osman said that “this fear of the Shia is ridiculous in this country. We’ve had them traveling here for decades and there was no problem, but now with the rise of the conservatives, it has become one. Doesn’t make sense to me.”
|Egypt's cabinet reshuffle focuses on economy, strengthens Islamist inclination|
|[Xinhua] Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi swore in nine new ministers in a partial cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, including some key economic portfolios.|
Morsi described the reshuffle as a new step to complete the development of the public performance in Egypt and aims at injecting new blood to improve the standards of services provided to citizens.
In a presidential statement, he urged citizens to give an opportunity to the reshuffled government to work on meeting their demands and to face up to the challenges.
MORE ISLAMISTS INTO CABINET
The reshuffle brings more Islamist-oriented members into the cabinet, including Finance Minister Fayyad Abdel-Monem Hassanin, a professor of economics at Al-Azhar University, and Minister of International Cooperation and Planning, Amr Darrag, who is a senior member of (MB)'s political arm the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
Both ministries are important in handling negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a 4.8-billion-U.S dollar rescue loan which is believed to be crucial to the revival of Egypt's ailing economy.
New faces in the 35-member cabinet also include Investment Minister Yahya Hamed, a MB member; Ahmed al-Gizawi, an FJP member which will lead the Agriculture Ministry; and Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Sherif Hadara, an engineer believed to have close ties with the MB's group.
|Egypt's FJP denies mob killing of its leader's son is political|
|[Al Ahram] Egypt's ruling Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) denies that the killing of the son of one of its leaders in Egypt's Nile Delta Sharqiya governorate is political.|
Hundreds of El-Qataweya village residents dragged 16-year-old Youssef, son of Rabie Lasheen, head of the FJP office in the village, onto the street and beat him to death on Friday.
The secondary school student was accused of shooting a 28-year-old man for insulting his father in a Facebook post. An auto rickshaw (tok tok) driver in his '40s was accidentally , too.
"The incident is not politically-motivated" reads the statement flatly on their office's Facebook page.
A fight happened to break out Thrusday afternoon between a young man of El-Qataweya village and Youssef Lasheen, says the head of the Sharqiya FJP office, Ahmed Shehata in the post.
"During the fight, a passer-by was killed by mistake," he concluded, omitting anything related to the 28-year-old shooting victim's reported politically-natured Facebook post.
Shehata also called for calm: "We hope that issues are put in their appropriate context and we call on everyone for self-restraint."
"The [FJP] condemns all kinds of violence and emphasises the need to respect the law and for it to apply to everyone," he added.
|Egypt: Mob lynches son of Muslim Brotherhood leader|
|An angry Egyptian mob has lynched the teenage son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader, accusing him of killing a man over Facebook comments critical of the Islamist movement, security sources said Saturday.|
The violence that took place on Thursday in the Nile Delta was the latest in a spate of vigilante killings in the region amid growing lawlessness since the 2011 revolution that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.
Yussef Rabie Abdessalam, 16, pulled out a gun and opened fire indiscriminately, killing a passerby and wounding another after a heated argument with a man who had openly criticised the influential Brotherhood on the Internet, the sources said.
His action sparked fury in Qattawiya, a village in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya, where Yussef s father, Rabie Abdessalam is an official at the local branch of the Justice and Freedom Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood of President Mohamed Morsi.
An angry mob surrounded the Abdessalam house seeking revenge, but the family refused to give Yussef up and hurled stones from inside the residence at the protesters.
A man outside the house was fatally wounded.
Police tried in vain to contain the violence and attempted to evacuate the Abdessalam family but the mob set fire to the house and in the confusion grabbed Yussef and lynched him.
The mob beat him up "and dragged him across 500 metres (yards) to his death," the Freedom and Justice Party said on its Facebook page.
"This is not a political incident," the Islamist party said, calling on all sides to show restraint.
But a security source and local media said the violence was triggered after comments hostile to the Muslim Brotherhood were posted on Facebook.
There have been several reports of lynchings in Egypt in recent months.
|Egypt court fines Brotherhood leader for insulting TV anchor|
|[Al Ahram] A Cairo misdemeanor court has fined Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) deputy head Essam El-Erian LE1000 for insulting television anchor Gehan Mansour on air.'s |
According to the court verdict, El-Erian would have to pay an additional LE15,000 to Mansour, who hosts a weekly show on the private Dream television channel, if he repeats his insults to her within the next three years.
The prosecutor-general had referred the case against El-Erian to the misdemeanour court last November after Mansour filed a complaint.
El-Erian had accused Mansour on air of acquiring foreign funds to attack his party in addition to preventing him from stating his opinion freely on her show in early October.
The top Brotherhood operative has rejected the accusations against him, adding that he tried numerous times to apologise to her.
Mansour, however, stated that the only apology she would have accepted would have been an official apology on air.
El-Erian lost internal elections for the chairmanship of the FJP last October to Saad El-Katatni. He was later appointed to the Shura Council by President Mohamed Morsi.
|3 anti-Morsi protesters detained in Egyptian president's hometown|
|[Al Ahram] Egypt's police have three protesters in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig|
You can't get there traveling in a straight line...
Saturday after broke out in front of the local leaving two conscripts and three protesters injured.
According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, the started early Saturday in front of the general prosecution's headquarters between security forces and activists who were protesting the arrest of their comrades Friday.
At least 14 protesters were arrested Friday by security forces during protests against President Mohamed Morsi that took place in front of his home in his hometown of Zagazig, with another protest in front of the Freedom and Justice Party's local headquarters.
One of the is reportedly a member of the April 6 Youth Movement, the other 13 members of "Revolutionary Ultras."
The detained protesters are also accused of attempting to raid the governorate headquarters, destroying a police vehicle, and assaulting three .
Three protesters in Friday's .
Zagazig, hometown of President Morsi, has been witness to a wave of protests against both the president and the . In several incidents, the headquarters of teh Islamist group has been attacked.
|Muslim woman's disappearance with Copt leads to tensions in Upper Egypt|
|[Al Ahram] Representatives of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church met with a top interior ministry official and representatives of a number of political groups in an effort to contain possible unrest caused by the disappearance of a woman from Upper Egypt, who allegedly converted to Christianity and fled to Turkey with an Egyptian Christian.|
The 21-year-old woman's father, Hatem El-Shazly, was present at the meeting, while the parents of the man who is accused of escorting the girl to Turkey, Zaki Tawfiq Andraous and Souad Akhnon, remain in police custody pending investigations into allegations of incitement to kidnap and concealing information about their son.
Hudeib said at a that the woman, Rana Hatem El-Shazly, travelled to Turkey, escorted by Ebram Andraous.
The dispute began in February when members of the Salafist Nour Party and the Salafist organization Al-Gamaa Al-Salafaya gathered at Al-Wasti in the Upper Egypt province of Beni Suef to protest the alleged kidnapping and forced conversion of the woman.
The woman's relatives had reportedly found a number of Christian books in her personal library, which led them to suspect the involvement of the Church in her disappearance.
This is not the first protest against an alleged kidnapping in recent months. In February, erupted in Kom Ombo in Aswan, also in Upper Egypt, after local s accused Christians of kidnapping a middle-aged woman and forcing her to convert to Christianity.
In Egypt, marriage between a Christian man and a woman is forbidden; men and Christian women are allowed to marry, however.
|Egypt prosecutors appeal release of 30 detained in Friday clashes|
|[Al Ahram] An Egyptian appeal judge has ordered the release of 30 individuals, including one US and one Syrian national, in Friday's protest in Cairo against Egypt's judiciary.|
On Tuesday, however, the public prosecutor's office appealed the decision to release the detainees, according to Judge Hamdi Mansour of the Central Cairo prosecutor's office.
On Sunday, the public prosecutor's office ordered the detention of 30 individuals for a four-day period pending investigation. The move followed violent that erupted in Cairo when unidentified elements attacked protesters affiliated with the during Friday's demonstration.
Thousands of protesters, mainly members and supporters, staged a rally at Egypt's High Court in downtown Cairo on Friday to demand a "purge" of the judiciary from Mubarak-appointed judges. At least 87 people in the ensuing violence.
On its official website, the 's Freedom and Justice Party accused Egypt's anarchist-inspired 'Black Bloc' group of instigating the violence on Friday.
Those detained were accused of unlawful assembly, resisting authorities, thuggery and possession of unlicensed firearms.
|Islamist protesters captured on video using firearms|
|[Al Ahram] Ahram Online captures footage of two men on side of Islamist protesters using firearms against unknown opponents as break out near Cairo's High Court|
Clashes broke out on Friday afternoon following an Islamist protest against the judiciary at Cairo's High Court.
The demonstration was called for by the 's Freedom and Justice Party and other Islamist forces.
|Egypt court sets May 11 for Mubarak retrial|
|The Cairo appellate court on Wednesday set May 11 for the resumption of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s retrial in the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that deposed him. Mubarak remains in custody on new corruption charges, though a court ordered him released earlier this week before his retrial over the deaths of protesters.|
The decision to transfer him back to Tora prison, where his two sons are being held before facing a corruption trial, came after the prosecutor ordered the formation of a medical committee to look into Mubarak’s health.
Mubarak appeared in court Saturday for the first time since his conviction in June 2012. After he was wheeled into the courtroom on a hospital gurney, he sat upright, grinned and waved to supporters from inside the metal defendant’s cage.
In January, an appeals court overturned a life sentence against Mubarak for failing to prevent the killing of nearly 900 protesters during the 18-day uprising in 2011. He was the first Arab leader to appear in a defendant’s cage and stand trial by his own people.
The new date for the retrial was set after the judge in the case recused himself last weekend. The judge had ordered acquittals in October for 25 Mubarak loyalists accused of organizing a deadly attack in which assailants on horses and camels stormed downtown Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the uprising.
President Mohammed Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, criticised the judiciary for several recent acquittals.
‘The acquittals of corrupt and criminal Mubarak-era figures confirms that the revolution is not complete,’ party spokesman Murad Ali said in a statement. He said the acquittals highlight ‘dysfunction in the judiciary system.’