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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows on land and river encroachments, women judges

The weekend seems to have started early, with a quiet night for yesterday’s talk shows.

People who have built buildings on state land next to the Nile without a permit will not be able to reconcile with the government, Irrigation Ministry Spokesperson Mohamed Ghanem said in a phone call with Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 8:59). Buildings and agricultural infrastructure built on waterways were not eligible for the government’s recent reconciliation drive.

So what happens? All cases will be referred directly to the military prosecution, and those who illegally encroach on the Nile will pay to demolish the structures out of their own pockets. The same laws apply for infringements on agricultural lands, while reconciliation and legalization is only possible for building infringements on private property, Local Development Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Qassem told El Hadidi in a separate phone interview (watch, runtime: 8:08).

Around 64k of a total 120k buildings that encroach on the riverbank have been removed since the launch of the campaign in 2015, Ghanem said, adding that the remainder can be removed within six months if more effort is made. As for the campaign to remove land encroachments, Qassem said that the current stage aims to remove some 16k buildings nationwide.

Women will begin work in Egypt’s Public Prosecution and State Council starting 2 October, Justice Minister Omar Marwan said in a phone call with Sherif Amer’s Yahduth Fi Misr (watch, runtime: 5:49). Eleven female judges have transferred to the Public Prosecution at the rank of chief prosecutor and general attorney, while tens of female members of the judiciary have moved to the State Council, according to Marwan. He added that civil suits can now be filed remotely online in seven governorates, while lawsuits can be updated remotely nationwide.

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