Egypt court renews detention of Muslim Brotherhood justice minister

The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday renewed the detention of former justice minister Ahmed Soliman for 45 days, pending investigations into charges of joining an unlawful group and disseminating false news on Egypt’s political and economic situation to disturb the peace.

Soliman held his former post under the rule of the terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood, which lasted for one year until the overthrow of late Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

The police arrested Soliman in December 2018.

Prior to the arrest, lawyer Samir Sabry had filed a report with the State Security Emergency Prosecution accusing Soliman of holding interviews with hostile satellite channels financed by Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sabry said that Soliman attacked the Egyptian state in these interviews, and questioned the integrity and impartiality of the Egyptian judiciary. He added that Soliman agitated against the Egyptian state and its president and called on foreign countries to intervene in Egyptian affairs.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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