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Student saboteurs to be tried by military courts: Egypt PM

New law empowers military courts to try schoolchildren and university students accused of 'sabotaging' educational facilities

Ahram Online, Tuesday 28 Oct 2014
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Security forces deployed outside of Cairo university following a blast that killed a Brigadier-general and injured five police officers, Giza, Egypt, April 2, 2014 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Schoolchildren and university students accused of sabotaging educational facilities will be tried by military courts under a new law issued on Monday.

The law also stipulates that soldiers will assist the police in guarding vital "public facilities and institutions."

Those who attack or sabotage such institutions will be referred to the military prosecution and tried by military courts.

Universities and schools are considered public facilities under the new law, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said on Monday during a phone interview with private broadcast channel CBC Two.

"[The law] is the will of the people, their opinion, and [public facilities] are their money," Mahlab added.

The new law was issued by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who holds legislative powers in the absence of a parliament, which authorities say will be elected by the end of this year.

It comes days after a deadly attack in North Sinai left 31 army personnel dead and 30 others injured.

Protests as well as clashes have been frequent at public universities since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Hundreds of students have been arrested and detained on charges that include destroying public property and violating the protest law.   

Since the start of the new semester on 11 October, police have stormed at least five universities and arrested over 180 students, despite Mahlab saying police would not enter campuses.

One student died at Alexandria University after being wounded by birdshot during clashes with police. While a bomb exploded at Cairo University last week injuring 11.

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28-10-2014 09:34pm
Sobia I understand your frustration
As a Muslim brotherhood, you first blame the terrorists for instability then blame security for the arrest of the Muslim brotherhood hoodlums. But take no responsibility for creating terror in the first place. Do you think you are fooling anyone with your rant? Sorry President Sisi is making your life miserable, must be so difficult to bomb, vandalize, Egypt on behalf of your master the securely caged Morsi
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28-10-2014 05:27pm
A joke with nation
Terrorist killed our soldiers cold bloodedly that is a total security failure the regime should have confessed it first and those responsible for the failure should have been to justice and some “head” must have been rolled as It is a great national loss. The generals must guarantee the safety and security of the country, its borders and its soldier. It is very surprisingly and sad that instead of stepping up measures against terrorists, Egyptian regime is taking revenge from civilian, ordinary Egyptian by enforcing repressive law now and then to deprive its civilians from every basic and fundamental right that guaranteed by the UN charter and its Egyptian own constitution. Are students responsible for security failure..? or Students responsible for the attacks in Sinai...? or using Army against students will stop the terrorist attacks in Sinai..? If Not then it indicates that Gen CC is incompetent to confront the terrorists. But yes he can use his might against civillians
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