EgyptAir hijacker detained for 15 days pending investigations

The Egyptian hijacker Seif Eldin Mustafa – File PhotoCAIRO – 19 August 2018: Seif Eddin Mostafa, who hijacked an Egyptian plane in March 2016, was detained for 15 days and referred to the Public Prosecution after the investigations.The Egyptian authorities received on Saturday Mostafa who had arrived in Cairo under tight security measures and was deported to El-Khalifa police station.Mostafa, 60, hijacked an EgyptAir plane with a fake suicide belt which he threatened to detonate in a bid to force the pilot to divert to Turkey, Greece or Cyprus. The hijacking ended peacefully with his arrest and the release of the 55 passengers after a six-hour standoff.Earlier in the day, Prosecutor General Nabil Sadeq ordered to refer the fugitive to prosecution to interrogate him after his extradition from Cyprus.Previously, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has forbidden Cypriot authorities from extraditing the Egyptian man to Egypt until it can examine the case, according to the Associated Press.The Cyprus Justice Ministry said in a statement that it has issued instructions for the suspension of extradition procedures until the ECHR issues its ruling, AP added.A five-judge Cypriot panel upheld a lower court ruling which refused the hijacker’s defense that he may be tortured by Egyptian authorities or be subject to an unfair trial if he returns.Egypt requested that Mostafa faces trial under a bilateral agreement as the two countries signed the 1996 extradition treaty.

Source:Egypt Today

August 19, 2018 15:56 UTC


In Pics: Dronka Monastery; historical eyewitness of the Holy Family journey

A woman at an icon of Mary and Christ in Muharraq Monastery, Asyut Oct. 15, 2017 – Maher EskandarChurch clergy and Copts celebrate at Dronka Monastery in Assiut, Egypt, in September 2017 – Egypt Today/Hazem Abdel SamarEgyptian Coptic Christians lighting candles before a Virgin Mary icon at Dronka Monastery in Assiut, Egypt, in September 2017 – Egypt Today/Hazem Abdel SamarThe Holy Family in Egypt - Wikimedia commons/Edwin LongCAIRO – 19 August 2018: Thousands of Christian and Muslim visitors continue to flock to Virgin Mary’s Monastery, the Dronka convent located Western the Assiut Mountain, to celebrate the Virgin’s fast which begins on August 7 and ends on August 22.Reverend Luka who served as the monastery secretary for years told Egypt Today that the Virgin’s cave goes back to the time of the Pharaohs, who carved it to hide from the flood 4,500 years ago and when the Holy Family arrived, they lived in the cave. Back then, Assiut, where the Holy family took the boat to return to Palestine, was the capital.“The Holy Family’s time in Dronka was a time of extraordinary phenomena and miracles,” said Reverend Luka, adding: “When the Holy Family left, the first church, the Cave Church, was built here in the 1st century AD. It was not like today's churches, but one in the spiritual sense – where prayers are held and supplications are raised.”The reverend told Egypt Today that the monastery welcomes a million visitors annually during the Virgin’s fast mid-August.The reverend said, “When monasticism emerged in the 4th century in Egypt, this place became a monastery. Many monasteries were built, but Dronka Monastery survived, unlike them. They were, however, chronicled in Coptic history.” He further explained that the Dronka Monastery used to be called the "Monastery of Writing Monks" as monks were active in copying books.Assiut officials said that the government provided sufficient services for the Coptic holy sites in Assiut and that they have recently added new extensions to the place as well as direction signs on the main desert roads to reach the monasteries.

Source:Egypt Today

August 19, 2018 15:00 UTC


Two monks charged with murdering Bishop Epiphanius

Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Pope Tawadros II. during the fenral of Bishop Epiphanuis - press photoIdeological struggles: Background to Bishop Epiphanius's death CAIRO - 12 August 2018: In an official statement released Thursday, the Church explained that those who serve God know that they are protected from the first to the last day of the year, verifying that the recent murder did not shake the church or scare those serving God. CAIRO – 19 August 2018: Two monks were referred to the criminal court on Sunday over murdering Head of the St. Macarius Monastery in Wadi El-Natroun, Bishop Epiphanius, Alexandria Court of Appeals stated.The expelled monk Ash’eyaa, whose birth name is Wael Saad, and Monk Faltaous al-Makary, whose birth name is Raymond Rasmi Mansour, were charged with the “deliberate murder” of Bishop Epiphanius.Bishop Epiphanius was found dead on July 29 inside the monastery and two monks, who were kept in detention pending investigation since then, confessed killing the bishop.During the investigation, Ash’eyaa said that he was planning to murder the late bishop but failed. In the first attempt he found Epiphanius praying and in the next time he couldn’t catch him before getting to the church, but in the third attempt he could kill him in the time between midnight and dawn.Monk Faltaous al-Makary tried to commit suicide via slitting his wrist and then jumping off a high building inside the monastery. Also, Ash’eyaa tried to commit suicide a day after the murder.Following the death of Bishiop Epiphanius, Pope Tawadros II issued new monasticism laws, topping which is the deactivation of the social media accounts of all monks and bishops.The death of Bishop Epiphanius revealed the struggle between the school of Pope Shenouda and the ecclesiastical school of Matthew the poor.

Source:Egypt Today

August 19, 2018 14:03 UTC


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