'No halt in gas shipments to Israel'

Egyptian court decides government must review price, quantity of gas.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 27, 2010 19:19

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday overturned a lower court ruling that called for a halt to natural gas exports to Israel, saying the deliveries should continue unhindered.

The case arose in 2008 when opposition groups filed suit that called for a halt to the shipments, alleging the gas was being sold too cheaply.

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An appeals court ruled that gas deliveries to Israel should continue, but ordered the government to review the price and quantity of gas.

The decision overturned a lower court ruling that said the government needed parliament's approval before authorizing contracts related to natural resources.

The much-criticized deal is between a private Egyptian company, partly owned by the government, and the state-run Israel Electric Corporation.


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