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Egypt court quits case against presidential candidate Shater

(Xinhua)

15:19, April 12, 2012

CAIRO, April 11 (Xinhua) -- A Cairo administrative court decided Wednesday not to continue its hearings on the lawsuit against presidential candidate Khairat al-Shater of the Muslim Brotherhood, making the fate of his presidential bid unclear.

The State Council Administrative Court made the decision out of "embarrassment," official news agency MENA reported.

The lawsuit, filed by presidential hopeful Abul Ezz al-Hariri, aimed to bar Shater from the race slated for May 23-24.

Shater was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2007 over money laundering and terrorism. He was released on March 2011, two months after the fall of ex-President Hosni Mubarak.

Under the Egyptian Law, those who were convicted of a felony are banned from practicing political rights for six years starting from the date of their release or pardon.

Presently, 23 candidates submitted their application for the presidential race, according to the elections commission, which will announce the final list on April 26.

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