‘Meddling’ over islands
Egyptian lawyers opposed to the government’s decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia are accusing authorities of meddling in court proceedings over the case. A lower tribunal struck down the handover deal but the government appealed that decision. The lawyers submitted a seven-page motion asking the court’s judges to recuse themselves, citing “unprecedented speed” with which a date was set for the ruling on the appeal. They also cited a Cabinet minister’s call for a verdict within a week, and an “unjustified” meeting between the court’s president and a top defence ministry official.