HC Deb 31 January 2003 vol 398 c1080W
Mr. Leigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning a court case challenging the constitutionality of the Hamayouni Decree, governing the construction of Christian places of worship in Egypt, which is due to open in Cairo on 28 January 2003; and whether he will be sending a human rights observer to monitor the trial. [93852]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

Our officials at the British Embassy in Cairo have been monitoring the case challenging the constitutionality of the Hamayouni Decree in Egypt. The trial session on 28 January was the first trial hearing since the case was referred from the State Commissioners court. Our officials have learned that the case has been adjourned until 28 February for further examination of the case by the authorities. Our officials in Cairo will continue to monitor the trial.

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