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Egypt’s Top Court Waives Legal Challenges to Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi
Egypt’s Top Court Waives Legal Challenges to Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi

Egypt’s Top Court Waives Legal Challenges to Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi

Egypt’s Top Court Waives Legal Challenges to Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on Saturday that all previous judicial verdicts on the maritime demarcation deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia are unbinding, official MENA news agency reported.
The court said previous rulings issued by the State Council or the Court for Urgent Matters regarding the demarcation of maritime borders between Egypt and Saudi Arabia will not be taken into account, Xinhua reported.
Last June, the constitutional court ruled that all previous verdicts on the deal were suspended until a final judicial decision is made.
Under the deal, which was signed in April 2016 during a rare visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Egypt, two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir will be transferred to the Saudi authorities.
The deal has gone through a judicial debate in Egypt.
While previous State Council Court’s rulings invalidated the deal, a later verdict from the court of Urgent Matters rejected these rulings.
In its Saturday’s ruling, the Constitutional Court said State Council’s rulings on the agreement represented an aggression against the jurisdiction of the legislative authority, adding that signing the demarcation agreement by the representative of the Egyptian state is a political affair.

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