August 13, 2016
A much-awaited decision challenging the composition of the court in the Tiran and Sanafir case was adjourned on Saturday to August 27.
The High Administrative Court ruled in June to invalidate a border deal between the Egyptian government and Saudi Arabia concerning the Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir, which was later appealed by the Egyptian state.
Lawyer Mohamed Adel Soliman from the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights challenged the court’s composition.
Soliman said on Saturday that the court did not address any of his concerns, including a request to present alleged evidence that the judge on the case, Fawzy Abdel Rady, is working as an advisor to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, constituting a conflict of interest.
Over 1,000 people were arrested between April 15 and 27 in connection with protests against the transfer of the islands, The Front to Defend Egyptian Protesters reported.
Lawyers Malek Adly and Haitham Mohamadien, journalists Mahmoud al-Sakka and Amr Badr, as well as activist Zizo Abdo are all in prison pending investigations into accusations of spreading false news and inciting protests against the transfer deal.