Egypt in the News on 29 October 2019
Human rights is once again the topic du jour in the foreign press: The Associated Press reports that 10 policemen will stand trial for allegedly torturing a street seller to death. No date has yet been chosen for the trial. The defendants are alleged to have killed Magdy Maken, a 52 year-old fish seller, while in police custody in 2016. Meanwhile, Irish-Egyptian student Ibrahim Halawa tells the BBC that he was subjected to torture during a four-year spell in prison for protesting the overthrow of former president Mohamed Morsi (watch, runtime: 03:33).
Also getting attention in the foreign press this morning: Dar Al Ifta’s new search engine for archiving fatwas will help Al Azhar identify religious extremists by crawling the web for specific keywords, Tarek Abu Hashima, head of Dar al-Ifta's Strategic Studies Unit, tells Al Monitor.