Court: Egypt army can't arrest civilians

2012-06-26 16:14

Cairo - An Egyptian court overturned a government decree allowing the army to arrest civilians on Tuesday, a setback for military rulers preparing to hand power to an elected president.

The decree was issued by the army-backed interim government before a tense presidential run-off vote on 16 June and 17 June.

It was challenged by rights activists and politicians who accused the generals of reviving an unpopular emergency law that lapsed in May.

"The court has blocked the decision of the minister of justice that gave military and military intelligence officers powers of arrest," said Cairo administrative court Judge Ali Fikry.

  • vawdaa - 2012-06-26 18:17

    great work by the Egyptian legal system and civil society to get this landmark ruling, which will avoid Egypt becoming a police state under the generals.

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