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Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Egypt's chief prosecutor, Hisham Barakat [JURIST news archive], was killed Monday in Cairo by a car bomb attack on his convoy. Barakat's vehicle was attacked [Al Jazeera report] by a car outfitted with explosives that was remotely detonated when his motorcade left his home in Heliopolis. The prosecutor's death … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] An Egyptian court upheld the death sentence of deposed president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday after consulting the grand Mufti, Egypt's highest religious figure and a government advisor on Islamic law. The death sentence was originally imposed [JURIST report] in May, with more than 100 … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced 11 individuals to death for their involvement in a 2012 soccer riot. The riots, which occurred in Port Said, killed more than 70 and injured about 1,000 others crushed by crowds attempting to leave the stadium when fans of Al-Masry violently stormed … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Authorities in Egypt on Tuesday announced the arrest of two leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo's Gaza district after they were both convicted and sentenced to death in absentia. Mahmoud Ghozlan and Abdul Rahman al-Barr were part of the brotherhood's highest office, the Guidance Bureau, and the organization … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's National Council for Human Rights [official website] reported on Sunday that at least 2,600 people have been killed by violence in the 18 months following the military ouster [Guardian report] of Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] in 2013. Head of the agency Mohammed Fayeq told reporters that the 2,600 … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Saturday freed Egyptian-American prisoner Mohammed Soltan, who had been sentenced to life in prison and had been on a hunger strike for over a year. As a precondition to Soltan's release, he had to renounce his Egyptian citizenship [AP report]. Soltan was convicted on charges of … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a policeman convicted of torturing an Islamist to death over a church bombing. Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Shimi was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June 2012 for taking part in the torturing of Sayed Bilal until he was dead. On appeal the … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile] on Wednesday appointed Judge Ahmed el-Zind as the country's new Justice Minster. El-Zind, who is known for being hostile towards the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder], was sworn in [AP report] with al-Sisi presiding over the event. As Justice Minister, el-Zind plans to … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] An Egyptian court sentenced 30 members of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder] on Monday to life imprisonment on charges of violent behavior. The largest case concerned 17 out of the 30 defendants and included charges stemming from attempts made on the lives of protestors in Mansoura. Of the 17, … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Sunday executed six men convicted by a military court of killing two Egyptian soldiers. The men were convicted of killing the soldiers after an hour-long gunfight outside a bomb factory in Cairo. The men were also convicted of belonging to Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ex-president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and more than 100 others to death for their involvement in a mass prison break in 2011. The prison break occurred during the country's 2011 uprising [JURIST backgrounder] that ousted then-president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile]. … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Eight supporters of former Egpytian president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for illegal protests and acts of violence committed in Cairo's eastern Al-Marg district in July 2014. The defendants allegedly chanted against the army and the police, in addition to damaging public … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Mohamed Fahmy, an Al Jazeera [media website, in Arabic] journalist and Canadian national, announced plans on Monday to sue the network for negligence and seek USD $100 million in damages. Formerly a CNN journalist, Fahmy and two other Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted and sentenced by an Egyptian … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Cairo criminal court on Saturday sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] and his two sons to three years in prison on corruption charges. However, Mubarak and his sons have already spent three years in prison for other convictions, so they will most likely not have to serve … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday upheld death sentences for five members of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder] on charges of killing policemen in 2013. The charges include attempted murder, weapons possession and violence stemming from an incident known as the "Kerdasa massacre," when supporters of the former Egyptian president … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Giza Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced 69 Muslim Brotherhood [JURIST news archive] supporter to 25 years in prison for attacking and burning a church in a village near Cairo in 2013 during protests against former president Mohamed Morsi [JURIST news archive]. In addition, Judge Mohamed Nagi Shehata also … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday said [press release] that the trial of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was "badly flawed" and compromised by due process violations. The former president was convicted [JURIST report] on April 21 for inciting violence and ordering … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of inciting violence and ordering the killing and torturing of protesters in 2012. The court did not convict [Al Jazeera report] Morsi, or any of the 14 other defendants, of murder, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Egyptian Criminal Court in Giza on Monday sentenced 22 people to death for their involvement in the storming of a police station and killing of an officer on the day Mohamed Morsi was overthrown. The defendants are alleged [AP report] to be Morsi supporters and members of the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday criticized [press release] the mass trial of 51 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, claiming that the government presented no evidence of a crime being committed by the men other than the testimony of a single police officer. Specifically they noted that the only … [read more]

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