Court orders Zewail City to return building to Nile University

The Administrative Court ruled Sunday that Zewail City of Science and Technology must return one of three buildings to Nile University.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by former MP Hamdy al-Fakhrany against the higher education minister, the prime minister and the former head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces seeking to cancel the transfer of land and facilities to Zewail City.

Nile University students had been protesting the public prosecutor’s decision to hand the campus over to Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail. The demonstrators claimed that the Nile University administration had paid LE62 million for the right to use the campus for 99 years, and demanded that their campus remain in Zewail City and that they be allowed to use its laboratories and facilities.

Students earlier set up tents to take their lectures, where they had previously been protesting and staging sit-ins.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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