Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Court upholds 2-year prison sentence against Heliopolis cafe owner, manager http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2478465 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/02/06/507557/13476_10152757786086175_6557060605644514543_n.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr">Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court of Appeals has upheld the two-year prison sentence for owner of a cafe in Heliopolis, its manager and a worker for illegally detaining clients which lead to the death of&nbsp;Mahmoud Bayoumi in February.&nbsp;</p><p>In the previous session, the suspects&#39; defense pleaded for the verdict against them to be nullified, claiming that the cafe has more than 20 exits.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Investigations conducted previously by the Heliopolis Prosecution mentioned that Bayoumi was watching the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">Egypt-Cameroon soccer match</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;with 12 others of his friends.&nbsp;</span>Once the match was over, t<span style="font-size: 1em;">he waiters told everyone at the café that no one can leave the coffee shop until each and every one pays their bill.</span></p><p>Osama al-Naggar, owner of the cafe, mentioned during the previous session that he was sitting with Sheikh Mazhar Shahin on the first floor when the incident took place.&nbsp;</p><p>Naggar said the manager tried to calm the clients after a verbal dispute occurred between the workers and the defendant. He also added that the defendant&rsquo;s fiancée said she did not see the owner when the incident took place.</p><p dir="LTR">&quot;After the match was over, they locked a small glass door while we were upstairs at the café. Bayoumi opposed this conduct, and kept saying that locking customers inside the place is unacceptable and is an act of thuggery,&quot; 27-year-old eye-witness Passant Thapet recounted, adding that Bayoumi&nbsp;was saying that it was getting late and he still had to drive his fiancée home.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">One of the workers was referred to the Criminal Court for stabbing the victim, while the owner and the manager were referred to the Misdemeanor Court &nbsp;</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:19:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2478465 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/02/06/507557/13476_10152757786086175_6557060605644514543_n.jpg Parliament considers social media draft law, would refer unmonitored Facebook users to trial http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2478466 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/02/28/507555/parliament.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Paving the way for state surveillance over social media networks in Egypt, writer of the social media draft law MP Rayed Abdel Sattar told Egypt Independent on Sunday that 60 MPs have approved its potential discussion in Parliament.</p><p>Before the draft law takes the floor in a general session, the bill will first be referred to the Parliaments Legislative and Constructional committees for revision.</p><p>&quot;On Tuesday, the Parliament&#39;s Legislative and Constitutional committees will discuss my suggested draft law which would facilitate state surveillance over social networks in Egypt by making users enroll in a government-run electronic system that will grant them permission to access Facebook,&quot; Abdel Sattar explained.</p><p>The MP said he suggested this law in order to control Facebook pages or users who spread false news or terrorist propaganda against the state.</p><p>Prior to its referral to the parliamentary committee, Egypt Independent received a copy of the social networks draft law. It includes six articles about how the law will be activated if approved.</p><p>The first article stipulates that the law will cover all social networks and applications that work via the internet and are used as a means of communication, including text messages, video and voice calls.</p><p>The second article stipulates that the government will establish a communication authority assigned to give Egyptian citizens and foreign residents permission to use social networks. This article also stipulates that accessing Facebook under these restrictions should be free.</p><p>&quot;This authority will launch a website through which people can apply for permission by submitting their full name, ID number and email address. Permission will only be granted once the authorities have verified the applicant&#39;s personal information,&quot; the second article read.</p><p>The third article states that once the law is approved, all social media users in Egypt will have six months to enroll in the system. Those who use social media networks without permission from the government will be referred to trial. If found guilty, the user could face six months in jail or a fine not exceeding LE5,000. &nbsp;</p><p>When this draft law was first announced by Abdel Sattar earlier in April, many Egyptians took to social media to voice their concerns and outrage over these possible restrictions to their personal freedoms.</p><p>The MP has justified this law by saying that extremist ideologies, fake news about Egypt and other propaganda are heavily promoted on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.</p><p>Facebook released a statement on Friday to announce that a campaign will be launched with the aim of suspending deceptive accounts and pages and fake news sites being shared on the social media outlet.</p><p>Abdel Sattar said: &quot;This statement from Facebook aligns with the goals of the draft law. The website administration realizes the dangers of not restricting and monitoring what is being published.&quot;&nbsp;</p> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:13:00 +0000 Taha Sakr 2478466 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/02/28/507555/parliament.jpg Was the Egyptian student in Germany killed in a racially-charged attack? http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2478467 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/04/30/501184/shaden.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="LTR">Ten days following the death of 22-year-old Egyptian student, Shaden Mohamed al-Gohary,&nbsp;in Germany, the local authorities have re-opened investigation after new witness testimonies claimed that the accident was a hate crime.</p><p dir="LTR">Gohary, an architect student at the German University in Cairo, was crossing the street on April 18 when she was struck in a hit-and-run in Cottbus city. Gohary&#39;s friends and passersby took her to hospital where she died few days later due to serious injuries.</p><p dir="LTR">Initial investigations stated that the driver had been arrested on charges of excessive speeding and reckless driving. New witness testimonies, however, claimed that the passengers in the car shouted racial slurs at Gohary. They laughed at her after hitting her with the car and verbally abused her, believing she was a refugee.</p><p dir="LTR">According to the witnesses, after the accident the driver shouted at her: &quot;It is clear to me that there are no roads in your country, but in Germany you have to look out in the street; or just go back to your country, then you will not be approached -- shitty asylum-seeker.&quot;</p><p dir="LTR">Horst Nothbaum, the prosecutor&#39;s office spokesperson, told Reuters that a new investigation into possible incitement of racial hatred was launched on Wednesday&nbsp;&nbsp;Martina Muench, the Minister of Education in the German state of Brandenburg, welcomed the investigations.</p><p dir="LTR">She&nbsp;said that foreign students, teachers and researchers helped strengthen the competitiveness of the state.</p><p dir="LTR">&ldquo;It would be a shame if these allegations are proven true,&nbsp;It is unfathomable and appalling that a young, fatally injured woman would be insulted in such a racist and xenophobic way in the middle of Cottbus,&rdquo; Muench said in a press statment.</p><p dir="LTR">Contrary to recent witness testimonies, a group of Gohary&#39;s friends shared a post on Facebook asking people to stop sharing news about this being a racially-charged attack.</p><p dir="LTR">&quot;Dearest Facebook friends and family, Please stop sharing the news about our beautiful friend&#39;s [Shaden Mohamed] terrifying accident, as it was a pure hit and run. Her friends who were with her never stated anything about racism or hatred. So please let&#39;s stop spreading rumors,&quot; the post said.</p><p dir="LTR">Egyptian Ambassador to Germany, Badr Abdul Atty, said on Wednesday that the Egyptian Embassy in Berlin is following up on the investigation. &quot;As soon as we heard about the incident, we contacted the family of the student who was studying at the university in the city of Cottbusa. They received her body at the airport and a consular delegation from the embassy have moved to the city to accurately follow the investigations into the incident,&quot; he said.</p><div>In an interview with Al-Hurra website from Germany, Yemeni Abdalla al-Maalem, one of Gohary&#39;s colleagues, said the street where the hit-and-run occurred is only three meters wide and does not exceed a maximum speed of 30 kilometers per hour. He posted a video with footage of&nbsp;a car on the street moving slowly due to the traffic conditions in this area, including the tram stop.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p dir="LTR">Gohary&#39;s friends launched a <a href="http://inmemoryof.com/Shaden-Mohamed">campaign </a>in her memory; donations will be used to launch&nbsp;projects aimed at providing sustainable water and electricity to houses that don&#39;t yet have access. Having good quality electricity and water is a basic human right and this project is way to deliver that to people in need. So far the campaign has raised over LE11,000.</p> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:11:00 +0000 Hend El-Behary 2478467 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/04/30/501184/shaden.jpg Sisi appoints Mohab Mamish as head of SCZone authority http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2478464 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/03/02/499612/british_minister_tobias_ellwood_and_chairman_of_the_suez_canal_authority_mohab_memeesh.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr">President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has instructed for Mohab Mamish to be appointed as chief the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone)&nbsp;alongside his work, to be on a minister&rsquo;s degree for one year, succeeding Ahmed Darwish, the previous chief of the zone.</p><p>According to the Official Gazette, Mamish will be granted all powers stipulated as chief of the authority by law.</p><p>The decision also included the appointment as Mahfouz Mohamed Taha Marzouq as deputy chief for a one-year period. As chief, Mamish will be charged with designating certain specialities and duties to his deputies.</p><p>Darwish posted on his Facebook page saying he did not submit his resignation, but he expressed his confidence in the President&rsquo;s vision for the coming phase.</p><p>&ldquo;The most famous question I received is: Are you nominated for an international post? The answer is: I have no idea. I did not quit but I highly trust the president&rsquo;s vision and what and who will be needed during the coming period of time,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>The authority is in charge of running and carrying out the Suez Canal corridor project, separately from the Suez Canal Authority. It enjoys wide-ranging powers over the activities and projects at the corridor project, east of the canal, logistic zones in Suez Canal, Sinai and Ain al-Sokhna in addition to the Technology Valley.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><p><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:32:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2478464 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/03/02/499612/british_minister_tobias_ellwood_and_chairman_of_the_suez_canal_authority_mohab_memeesh.jpg