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Counselor Ali Mukhtar, the investigating judge delegated by the Cairo Court of Appeal to investigate case 173 of 2011, limited the investigation of the investigating judge’s office to the disposal of a number of non-governmental organizations and associations, a statement on the results of the investigations.
Today’s statement said that the investigation into the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Foreign Funding for a number of organizations, entities and civil society organizations charged with the investigation of the investigating magistrate of the Cairo Court of Appeal these facts of the said report. A great effort is made to accurately determine the authenticity of what is attributed to each organization, entity or association under investigation by gathering information available to the relevant authorities such as the security services, ministries of finance and solidarity, banks and others, and by establishing technical committees to audit the accounts and financial operations of the organizations, entities and associations under investigation. The case papers have reached over 20 thousand papers to date, and we started the investigation to complement the efforts of the former investigating judges about ten months ago, and the legal position of some of the organizations investigated has been determined.
The papers contained many facts from different people with no connection between them – there is no unity of cause, subject or persons – and some of these incidents were completed and were willing to express an opinion, so we had to decide on them without delay until the completion of the investigation with regard to the remaining facts.
We have completed the investigations of 20 organizations, entities and associations, and because of the different legal positions and the different legal nature and evidence, we have decided to order six of them not to bring a criminal case because they are not responsible for the crime.
– INTERNAL NET WORK (IFE), Yalla Nashrak Association for Community Development, Al-Naqib Foundation for Training and Democracy Support, the Muslim Family Association in Damanhour, and the Al-Amal Charitable Association in Minya.
We have also issued an injunction not to prosecute the criminal case before fourteen of them for lack of evidence, which are the Association of Trust Arrow, the Middle East Development and Human Rights Organization, the Aid in Aid for Egypt, the Human Rights Association for Prisoners Assistance, the Resource Center for Development, and the Egyptian Center for Development and Democratic Studies. The National Center for Human Rights, the Sadat Association for Development and Community Care – the Orphan Coptic Organization, the Egyptian Democratic Institute, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Egyptian Center for Human Rights, the Future Generation Association and the Maat Center for Constitutional and Legal Studies.
The statement said: “ Due to its implications, in particular the removal of the names of those included in this case from the lists of those excluded from travel and the expected arrival, as well as the lists prohibiting dispose of their money, be it liquid or transferred in relation to what is included in this matter of our case, only without prejudice to other facts. It may be the subject of investigation, both in the present case and in other cases ”.
As what was included in the report of the commission of inquiry originally related to some institutions of civil society, it should be noted that we believe that civil society is part of the engine of sustainable development and indispensable to support lofty concepts and to approve, such as solidarity and social peace that do not bear good fruit. An active and effective role for civil society, as long as its role is within a correct and unrestricted legal framework and in accordance with the legal controls established by the legislator.
There is no doubt what controls are imposed or what measures are taken to protect the sovereignty of the homeland and its territorial integrity and unity, as long as those controls and procedures are properly based on the Egyptian constitution and law, and even guaranteed by the constitutions and laws of all countries, so the issue is not heresy.
While the Egyptian judiciary, in its capacity as one of the three authorities, is responsible for establishing the pillars of justice, and its responsibility is tied to two main strands: the first is to ensure the rule of law through the correctness of the law to apply to what is considered a violation of national sovereignty, and the second is to prevent people from being unfairly accused. By ensuring the correct application of the law, all by examining the facts, with due consideration, weighing the evidence and then removing the papers, as the investigations show.
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