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Current issue | Issue 1240, (2 - 8 April 2015)
Wednesday,18 October, 2017
Issue 1240, (2 - 8 April 2015)

Ahram Weekly

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Al-Ahram Weekly

Homecoming
IN COORDINATION with Saudi Arabia and Oman, Egypt is in the process of facilitating the return of Egyptian expatriates from turmoil-hit Yemen, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The Foreign Ministry announced that Oman had agreed to allow Egyptians in Yemen to travel into Oman through the Al-Mazyouna and Sarfait border crossings.

The Egyptian embassy in Muscat is speaking with Omani authorities to facilitate the return of Egyptians in case they have no passport, identification or plane ticket, the statement read. The embassy is also discussing sending an Egyptian consular mission to the border crossings with Yemen. It hinted that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri had spoken to his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud Al-Faisal to determine a border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Yemen through which Egyptians might leave the embattled country. Egypt’s diplomatic mission to Aden left the country and returned to Cairo after the Houthi advance on the city last week. Minister of Manpower Nahed Al-Ashri stated on Monday that there were officially 6,000-7,000 Egyptians resident in Yemen.


Trial adjourned
THE CAIRO Criminal Court resumed on 31 March the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and ten others accused of leaking confidential national security information to Qatari intelligence. The court has previously postponed the trial so it can further examine the evidence.

The court has previously examined documents including a memorandum by the Interior Ministry on the security situation in North Sinai. It also examined a December 2012 report by the National Security Apparatus on the “internal and external security situation,” and a list of names and nationalities of people who crossed the Rafah border. The batch includes a document on corruption in the Luxor governorate, a report on a draft law regulating civil society organisations and a report from the Administrative Control Authority on financial violations in the Agriculture Ministry.


Judge arrested
ON 30 MARCH, General Prosecutor Hisham Barakat ordered the arrest of the head of the Cairo Appeal Court and former governor of Al-Qalyoubiya Hassan Al-Naggar for participating in a Muslim Brotherhood protest. Al-Naggar had participated in a protest led by members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Nasr City district of east Cairo.

Al-Naggar is being jailed for 15 days pending investigations.

Police forces also arrested a number of Muslim Brotherhood members for participating in the protest, which is illegal according to a law passed in 2013 which requires permission of concerned authorities three working days in advance. The disciplinary committee of the Supreme Judicial Council has referred Al-Naggar to retirement, together with a number of other members of the judiciary for being engaged in politics and advocating for the Muslim Brotherhood.


Teachers protesting
FOR THE fifth successive day dozens of teachers who failed to obtain appointments at the Ministry of Education following a contest to choose new appointees have protested in outside the ministry, protesting against the result of the exam. Minister of Education Moheb Al-Rafei has met with angry teachers on 30 March. He told them they can officially submit complaints.

“All teachers’ complaints will be thoroughly examined as we don’t accept any injustice,” Al-Rafei said. Over 300,000 teachers applied for the contest, and a few months later, when the results were announced, many were enraged, claiming that the results were forged for the sake of certain teachers whom they consider unqualified.


Road accident
SIXTEEN people died and seven others were injured late on 29 March when three cars collided in the Upper Egypt governorate of Sohag. Two trucks and a microbus collided on the Sohag-Red Sea highway. The injured were transported to the Sohag University Hospital. Road accidents, which official statistics say claim 18 lives a day, are commonplace in Egypt due to badly maintained roads as well as disregard for traffic laws.

Last week, 12 were killed when their work bus slipped into Al-Marioutiya Canal in Giza’s Haram district.

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