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Egypt jails Brotherhood women, orders activist arrests

Egyptian authorities Wednesday jailed 14 women said to be Muslim Brotherhood members for 11 years, and ordered the arrest of two leading activists for demonstrating against a disputed protest law. A court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria sentenced the 14 women who it said were from the Brotherhood after convicting them of belonging to a "terrorist organisation," judicial sources said. It also sentenced six men, said to be Brotherhood leaders, to 15 years, the sources said, adding the convicted women were immediately transferred to prison.

10 on Egypt constitution panel halt work over arrests

Ten members of the panel drafting Egypt's new constitution suspended work Tuesday after authorities arrested several protesters, including a few prominent activists, a committee member said. Hoda El-Sadda, a senior member of the 50-member panel, told AFP she and nine others had "suspended work after the arrest of protesters". As a result, the panel suspended its work for the day, but adjourned its session to Wednesday morning, television reports said.

Saudi court hands rights lawyer 3-month jail sentence

Saudi prominent rights lawyer Waleed Abulkhair said on Wednesday a court has sentenced him to three months in prison over a petition he signed two years ago criticising the authorities. Abulkhair told AFP he would remain out of jail pending an appeal of the sentence. The court in the western city of Jeddah handed down the sentence late Tuesday, citing the lawyer's signing of a petition criticising harsh sentences given to 16 Islamists arrested in 2011.

Mubarak trial resumes in closed session: state TV

CAIRO (Reuters) - A retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed on Saturday in a closed-door session in which top security officials gave testimony, state television said. Mubarak, 85, was sentenced to life in prison last year for complicity in the killing of demonstrators in the uprising that toppled him in 2011, but an appeals court ordered a retrial. Mubarak was released from jail but is kept under house arrest in a military hospital in Maadi, a Cairo suburb.

Egypt court upholds jail term for Mursi's PM

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court upheld a one-year prison sentence against former Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, who was appointed by deposed President Mohamed Mursi, and the judge said he must now serve the jail term. Kandil was handed the sentence in April, when he still headed the government, for failing to implement a court ruling to renationalize a textile company sold off by the Hosni Mubarak administration. Khaled Hassan, the judge at Monday's session, said the prison sentence must now be carried out.

Egypt says preparing timetable for energy debts

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is preparing a timetable for repaying arrears on debts it owes to foreign oil companies to encourage them to continue investing in the country, the Petroleum Ministry said on Sunday. Egypt owes at least $5 billion to oil companies producing oil and gas on its territory, with half of it overdue, according to corporate reports issued earlier this year.

Egypt's Mubarak flown from prison to hospital: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was flown from prison to a nearby hospital on Thursday, officials said, after judicial authorities ordered his release from jail. A medical helicopter was seen departing from Tora prison on the southern outskirts of Cairo. It landed minutes later at a military hospital in the nearby suburb of Maadi. (Writing by Tom Perry/Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

Ousted Egyptian leader Mubarak to be put under house arrest

CAIRO (Reuters) - Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will be put under house arrest, the prime minister's office said on Wednesday. Mubarak, who was toppled in a 2011 uprising, is expected to be released from a Cairo prison on Thursday. "In the context of the emergency law, the deputy military commander issued an order that Mohamed Hosni Mubarak should be put under house arrest," read a statement from the office. (Reorting by Asma Alsharif; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Egyptian court to review petition for Mubarak's release on Wednesday

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court will on Wednesday review a petition for the release of deposed President Hosni Mubarak filed by his lawyer, judicial sources said. The court will convene at the Cairo prison where Mubarak is being held, the sources said. If the court upholds the petition, Mubarak will be released as there remains no further legal grounds for his detention, though he is being retried on charges of ordering the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising, judicial sources say.

Lawyer expects Egypt's Mubarak to be freed this week

CAIRO (Reuters) - Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail in the next 48 hours after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters on Monday. He was speaking after judicial authorities ordered Mubarak released in one of the remaining corruption cases against him. The only legal grounds for Mubarak's continued detention rest on another corruption case which will be cleared up later this week, Deeb said.
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