Egypt court 'lacks jurisdiction' to hear Turkey case

An Egyptian court said Tuesday that it lacked jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit calling on Egypt to designate Turkey a "state sponsor of terrorism."

Egypt court 'lacks jurisdiction' to hear Turkey case

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The Alexandria Court for Urgent Matters said it lacked jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit urging the Egyptian government to label Turkey a "terrorism-sponsoring state" and to designate the April 6 activist group, the main support bloc of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and Palestinian movement Hamas as "terrorist organizations."

Lawyer Tarek Mahmoud – who filed the four lawsuits – says that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had supported Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and had criticized Morsi's ouster by the army in mid-2013.

Mahmoud also claimed Turkey was the main source of weapons entering Egypt, which, he asserted, were ending up in the hands of "terrorists."

"Turkey adopted hostile stances against Egypt after it became a haven for Muslim Brotherhood leaders who face criminal charges in Egypt," a judicial source quoted Mahmoud as saying in his lawsuit.

Last month, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters adjourned to April 6 another lawsuit that accused Turkey of "supporting all crimes committed on Egyptian soil" and "inciting the murder of police officers and the torching of state buildings."

Last Mod: 24 Mart 2015, 15:03
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