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Egypt's Justice Ministry to draft anti-terrorism law

With penalties possibly reaching execution, the suggestions for the legislation stipulate it should not be used as an oppressive tool

Ahram Online, Wednesday 16 Oct 2013
Justice Minister Adel Abdel-Hamid
Justice Minister Adel Abdel-Hamid (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt’s Ministry of Justice is due to start discussions with the National Council for Human Rights, as well as other rights groups, to draft an anti-terrorism law "specifying terrorism crimes and penalties facing the perpetrators," state-owned Al-Ahram daily reported on Wednesday.
 
The suggested definition of terrorism is "an action that leads to the spread of terror and sense of threat to the lives of citizens and state institutions through the use of violence in both its tangible forms and intangible forms affecting morale... to fulfil aims that harm the security and interests of the country."
 
According to the report, suggestions for the new legislation include tight prison sentences for acts of aggression, sabotage and attacks committed against state institutions, public transport, museums, schools, hospitals, private property, police stations and checkpoints.
 
Penalties gain severity if the act involves the use of weapons and ammunition, possibly reaching execution if it results in the death of civilians or security personnel.
 
The suggestions stipulate that the law is not to be used against citizens as an oppressive tool and should also guarantee the protection of human rights and freedoms while combating terrorism.
 
Once the law is drafted it is to be transferred to the cabinet.
 
The cabinet recently approved a protest law, currently under review by interim president Adly Mansour, which has stirred controversy among political groups who argue it grants the police supplementary power.
 
Egyptian authorities have arrested hundreds of Islamists, mainly on charges of inciting violence, since the 14 August police dispersal of two Cairo protest camps that demanded the reinstatement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi.
 
The forced dispersal, which sparked nationwide violence and left hundreds dead, was carried out after authorities said the protest camps had come to pose a threat to public safety.
 
Egypt has been under a state of emergency since.
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sami fouad
19-10-2013 10:30am
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anti terrorist law
any objection to this law from ammnesty international or any countrey means encouredging terrosim against egypt
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abdulrahman
18-10-2013 02:57am
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Fascist Dictatorship Arming Itself With Draconian Powers
I wish to call upon all Egyptians to reflect on this issue of anti terrorism law. There were daily demonstrations, some of them were violent, during President Morsi's rule but there was no news of security forces dispersing them, let alone massacres of protesters. There was also no news that Morsi was introducing such laws. Why was it not necessary then? The problem of terror or violence on streets were caused by the security forces/armed pro coup supporters.Of course the natural reactions of the protesters were to defend themselves. The coup regime which resort to terror to silence its detractors is a problem. Now it is trying to provide a legal document to give itself the powers to suppress dissent by killing people and also to get them executed by court orders. Given the attitude of the judges and the provision of military trials of civilians, Egyptians are approaching an era much worse than Mubarak. A counter coup or a fresh revolution to cleanse the Egyptian elites from power and influence is the only way possible for Egypt to achieve real democracy.
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