Egypt Independent: News-Main news en Legal debate over verdict declaring Hamas a terrorist organization <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The ruling of the Court of Urgent Matters, deeming Hamas a terrorist organization, has raised a legal debate between legal scholars and experts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to Ali Yusuf, judge at the Criminal Court of Alexandria, the ruling was released by a non-competent court, after the issuance of the law on terrorist entities. &quot;The court should have dismissed the lawsuit,&quot; he added. The court would have been considered competent before the issuance of the law on terrorist entities, said Yusuf, adding that Hamas can appeal the verdict.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>President of the Cairo Criminal Court, Samy Zain Eddin said that the ruling would take effect only after the government issues a formal decision, delaring Hamas a terrorist organization. Otherwise, he said, the ruling has no effect. He pointed out that the prime minister had already issued a decision considering Hamas a terrorist organization, but if the government officially declared Hamas to be terrorist, it would have political and legal implications, and the courts would have the right to apply the Article 86 of the Penal Code in relation to Hamas members. The decision is not related to the judiciary; it is a sovereign decision, and the fact that the court took initiative and issued such a decision should encourage the government to do it, he stated.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Gamal al-Kaissouny, head of the Cairo Criminal Court, said: &quot;The ruling has no effect on the state, and it has no power. The state has already confirmed its respect for the judiciary, and it avoids interfering in its affairs, and they are not obliged to implement the ruling in the end. Implementing the ruling depends on the relations between Egypt and Palestine, because Hamas is part of these relations,&quot; Kaissouny said, adding that &quot;the Cabinet has to decide on the decision after studying its implications.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to the Former Dean of the Faculty of Law at Cairo University, Mahmoud Kebaish, &quot;It has been proven that Hamas contributed to the terrorist acts that took place in Egypt, and thus constitutes a terrorist entity.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>However, according to the opinion of Mohamed Nour Farahat, a constitutional expert, the Court of Urgent Matters is not competent in political and administrative matters, pointing out that the ruling is legally useless, and it&#39;s only objective is attracting media attention.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Abdallah al-Moghazy, a constitutional law professor and former parliamentarian said: &quot;The ruling deals with the law on terrorist entities, and must be respected,&quot; pointing out that the top prosecutor collects such rulings to be presented to the Cairo Court of Appeals.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:53:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2445517 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/28/94/palestinian_faction_hamass_logo.jpg Ministry Spokesperson: Sisi and Bashir to meet in Cairo over Renaissance Dam <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry thanked Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during their meeting for inviting the three eastern Nile Basin countries to attend a reunion in Khartoum over the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, according to Badr Abdel Aaty, the ministry spokesperson.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a phone call during a talk show aired by the privately-owned Al-Hayat TV channel on Wednesday, Abdel Aaty added that preparations for another meeting in Cairo between al-Bashir and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are ongoing, as it is schedueld to take place during the coming few weeks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:26:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2445506 at sites/default/files/photo/2012/03/28/101001/omar_bashir.jpg Nairobi conference vows to address East Africa’s power shortage <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Officials from four eastern African countries are meeting in Nairobi later this month in a conference tackling means to improve electricity transmission and distribution in east Africa.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><u><a href=""><span style="color:#0000ff;">Powering East Africa</span></a></u> is scheduled for 25-27 March in the Kenyan capital, gathering energy ministers and senior officials from Rwanda, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda, along with other partners, including the World Bank and the African Development Bank.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The conference is meant to address power transmission deficits in east Africa and their consequences on power projects and development in the region.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Despite over US$8 billion of project investments in greenfield projects in South Africa alone, transmission continues to collapse, significantly impacting the social and political landscape of the continent. In addition, this threatens the bankability of future generation projects already under development,&rdquo; the conference&rsquo;s website said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Power generation and availability have increasingly become a pressing development requirement for the growing populations of the mainly impoverished continent.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It was that need which Ethiopia and five other Nile Basin countries voiced for the construction of Nile River dams starting in 2010, a move which rattled Egypt and Sudan for fears of diminished Nile water flow.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:32:00 +0000 Mohamed Mostafa 2445488 at sites/default/files/photo/2012/01/15/72636/nile_basin_countries.jpg ELEJECT workers continue sit-in to demand late arrears <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><div>Workers at the General Company for Electrical Projects (ELEJECT) announced they would continue their sit-in to demand the disbursement of accumulated bonuses since 2006, said Hoda Kamel, leader of the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions Wednesday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Two workers were arrested earlier this week for allegedly detaining the chairman of the board of directors at his office.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Yasser Ahmed and Hany Fawzy were arrested from the president&#39;s office but were later released after the accusations were proven unfounded, according to Kamel. Ahmed and Fawzy were part of a delegation that headed to the president&#39;s office to discuss the workers demands. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Kamel added that the accusation was unreasonable as the chairman of the company was surrounded by several police chiefs. Members of a trade union committee that were present at the company&#39;s headquarters also testified in favor of the two workers, which helped to secure their release.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lawyer Sarah Rabee said she believes the two men were unjustly arrested in order to intimidate the rest of the workers who are demanding their rights.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ELEJECT is a public sector company that operates in the installation of power plants and the delivery of electricity nationwide. The company employs approximately 2,500 workers, according to Kamel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The ELEJECT sit-in comes after the company&#39;s president had promised to disburse accumulated bonuses before mid-February.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:52:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2445486 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/01/16/484151/mahalla_spinning_workers.jpg