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Court recusal request in appeal of Egypt-Saudi islands deal postponed to 30 July

Ahram Online , Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Jul 2016
Khaled Ali
Leftist lawyer Khaled Ali who requested the recusal of the panel (Photo: Al Ahram)
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Egypt's High Administrative Court postponed to 30 July referring a recusal request of the panel reviewing a government appeal against a ruling establishing the Egyptian sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to an independent commission.

Last week, lawyers Khaled Ali and Adel Soliman, who have spearheaded the campaign to establish Egyptian sovereignty over the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, requested the panel step down.

In June, Egypt's State Lawsuits Authority – the body representing the government in legal cases – appealed a court ruling that voided a decision by the government to place the two islands under Saudi Arabia's sovereignty.

The judge who issued the ruling, State Council Vice President Yehia El-Dakroury, reasoned that since the agreement was void, "the islands should remain part of Egyptian territory and within Egyptian borders; Egyptian sovereignty over the islands holds, and it forbidden to change their status in any form or through any procedure for the benefit of any other state."

 

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