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Morsi confirms to armed forces their internal security role will remain unaltered

Ahram Online, Saturday 30 Jun 2012
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Egypt's newly-elected president Mohamed Morsi confirms to the armed forces during his speech at the military training headquarters that their internal security role will continue as is until the security apparatus is rebuilt.

Morsi gave his speech to the armed forces during a military ceremony saluting the elected head of state, who was sworn in earlier on Saturday.  

Security has declined since Egypt's police collapsed during the 18 days of mass demonstrations in January 2011, which led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), took over rule since then and the military has also been assisting police. However, the role of the armed forces has been highly condemned by rights activists, since many violations were reported.

Moreover, estimates are that since the military took over more than 12,000 civilians have been tried by military prosecution instead of being refered to civilian courts. Military courts are not deemed the correct jurisdiction to judge civilians, and they are also deemed less likely to be impartial.

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