5. AWR Daily Overview, June 3, 2012: Alexandria church leaders say Mubārak sentence fair, deterrent

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Leaders of Orthodox and Catholic churches in Alexandria said the court rulings sentencing former president Husnī Mubārak and his interior minister Habīb al-‘Ādlī to life in prison were “fair and deterrent”. [Rajab Ramadān, al-Misrī al-Yawm, June 3, p. 10] Read original text in Arabic

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“The life term handed down against the head of state is not an easy thing at all. After this court ruling, we, as a people, have to respect Egyptian justice and respect its decisions now that it brings to shame those who demanded purging it off,” said Dr. Kamīl Siddīq, Secretary of the Coptic Orthodox Church’s Millī Council.

Priest Yūhannā George of the Cathedral of Resurrection for Coptic Catholics, said the sentence imprisoning the head of state would bring any next president to learn this lesson and observe straightforwardness. [Rajab Ramadān, al-Misrī al-Yawm, June 3, p. 10] Read original text in Arabic

The Holy Synod last week held a meeting under acting patriarch Bishop Pachomius in the presence members of the General Millī Council and Coptic Endowments Organization to continue discussions on procedures to elect a new pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

In a press conference after the meeting, Bishop Thomas of al-Qūsīyah and Millī Council member Counselor Munsif Sulaymān said the deadline to submit nominations for the Saint Mark chair expired on May 26, adding 17 candidates are competing over the post – one metropolitan, six bishops and 10 monks. [Viktor Salāmah, Watanī, June 3, p. 1] Read text in Arabic

The Administrative Judiciary Court in Alexandria on Saturday (June 2) adjourned the Two Saints Church bombing case to the September 5 session to look into reports by the supreme state security prosecution and interior ministry on recent outcome of investigations.

Joseph Malāk, a lawyer for the Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, accused investigating bodies and executive authorities represented in the prosecution the interior ministry of “deviation and slackness for nearly 18 months”. [Rajab Ramadān and Nāsir al-Sharqāwī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, June 3, p. 2] Read original text in Arabic

Now that the recent presidential elections brought Mubārak’s last prime minister, Ahmad Shafīq, and Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Muhammad Mursī to the runoff round, we do not have the luxury of choosing: It is either a civil state or a theocracy, writes Yūsuf Sidhum in an opinion piece in Watanī newspaper.

The pending question that needs an answer now is who will be able to lure votes in the second round – the religious project or the civil one? [Yūsuf Sidhum, Watanī, June 3, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic

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