‘Med­dling’ over is­lands

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

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.

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