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Mohamed Mahdi Othman Akef was born the same year the Muslim Brotherhood was founded – 1928. He was born in Kafr Ewad al-Sinita, one of the villages on the outskirts of Mansoura city to the north of Cairo. Mohamad Mahdi attended primary school in al-Mansoura before moving to Cairo to live in a popular area called al-Sakakini. He then enrolled in the King Fuad I High School and later the Higher Institute of Sport Education from which he graduated in May 1950. He came to know of the Brotherhood in 1940 and was educated by its scholars including Imam Hassan al-Banna. He was especially close to Sheikh Muhibb al-Din al-Khatib. He joined the Faculty of Law in 1951 and led […]
A Palestinian circus performer who was held by Israel using its controversial administrative detention policy was released late last month, Amnesty International has reported. Twenty-four-year-old Mohammad Abu Sakha was detained on 14December 2015 while crossing Zaatara military checkpoint near Nablus on his way to work in Birzeit village near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. He has never been charged or tried. However, at a hearing on 5 December 2016 at the Israeli High Court, the judges told Mohammad’s lawyer that secret “evidence” provided by the Israel Security Agency (ISA) supported the claim by security forces that Mohammad posed a “threat to the security of the State of Israel”. His lawyer says no new evidence was added to his wife […]
Alia Mohamed, the daughter of Mohamed Mahdi Akef, former General-Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, announced this evening the death of her detained father at Qasr el-Eyni Hospital. A statement posted on Alia’s Facebook page read: “My father has passed away. To Allah, we belong, and to Him, we shall return.” The former Muslim Brotherhood leader has been in poor health for some time but it rapidly declined after his detention by the Sisi regime in 2013. In July 2017, Egypt’s ministry of interior denied reports circulating on news websites and social media platforms about the death of Akef. The ministry noted that he has been treated at Qasr el-Eyni Hospital and that his condition was stable. Shortly after his […]
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A US-made bomb was used to strike a residential building in Yemen killing 16 civilians, Amnesty International has revealed today. Assessments made from the remnants of shrapnel left over after the attack on 25 August revealed the use of US-made bombs by Saudi Arabia. The airstrike was targeted in Faj Attan, in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, destroying the building. Saudi Arabia confessed to the attack and claimed that it was a “technical error”. Saudi Arabia alongside a coalition of Arab states intervened in Yemen militarily upon request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The coalition seeks to reinstate Hadi’s governance and neutralise threats posed to Yemen’s sovereignty by the Iranian-backed Houthi armed group. Human rights organisations have called out the […]