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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Egyptian military court Islamist Hisham Ashamy to death on 14 terror counts

Topping coverage on Egypt in the foreign press: A military court has sentenced terrorist Hisham Ashmawy to death after he was found guilty of 14 counts including attempted murder of former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and leading terror group Ansar Beit El-Maqdis. Ashmawy, an Egyptian national, was also convicted of taking part in attacks on cargo ships in the Suez canal in 2013 and on security forces and checkpoints around the same time. The special forces officer-turned-terrorist was captured in Derna in 2018 by troops commanded by Libyan National Army chief Gen. Khalifa Haftar, and flown back to Egypt in May. (ReutersAssociated PressBloombergBBCXinhua)

Human rights is also on the agenda again, with a new report published by Amnesty International. The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse picked up the report. Human Rights Watch was also out with a statement yesterday on the periodic review of Egypt’s human rights situation at a UN council in Geneva.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on the Egyptian government to release three journalists who were reportedly detained in Dokki on Tuesday. The reported arrests came after three journalists from Mada Masr were briefly detained when their office was raided by police earlier this week.

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