Egypt delays Qatar and Turkey 'terrorism' hearings

Egypt court adjourned the designation of Qatar and Turkey "state sponsors of terrorism"

Egypt delays Qatar and Turkey 'terrorism' hearings

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court on Monday adjourned to April 6 hearings into two lawsuits calling on the Egyptian government to designate Qatar and Turkey "state sponsors of terrorism," a judicial source said Monday.

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters took the decision after the government's representative at the hearing presented new documents in the case, a judicial source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

Lawyer Samir Sabri – who has filed a string of lawsuits targeting ousted President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group and Qatar's Al Jazeera news channel – filed the lawsuits, which accuse Doha and Ankara of providing a safe haven to "terrorists" and refusing to extradite them to Egypt.

In his lawsuits, Sabri said Qatar and Ankara had "supported all crimes committed on Egypt's soil."

He also accused the two states of hosting satellite channels that "incite the killing of police officers and the torching of state buildings."

Relations between Egypt on one side and Turkey and Qatar on the other have soured dramatically since the army ousted Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected leader – in mid-2013 amid opposition protests against his presidency.

Turkey has been among the few countries to openly describe the 2013 seizure of power by the Egyptian army – headed at the time by current President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi – as a "military coup."

Egypt-Qatar relations had appeared to improve following mediation efforts by late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. They took a downturn again, however, following the King's death in January.

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