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Egypt's Sisi signs law defining 'terrorist entities'

The law is applied to individuals or entities even if their acts are directed against foreign countries

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Feb 2015
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has issued a new law that gives a broad definition of "terrorist entities", part of a sustained government campaign to fight terrorism, the government's official bulletin announced on Tuesday.

The law defines terrorist entities as groups or organisations that "through any means inside or outside the country, seek to call for the disabling of laws, or prevent state institutions or public authorities from functioning, or seek to attack the personal liberty of citizens, or other freedoms and rights granted [to citizens] by the law and constitution, or to harm national unity or social peace."

The new law will also apply to those individuals or entities who seek to carry out these acts against countries other than Egypt.

The general prosecution, according to the law, will create a "terrorist entities list" for those groups classified as such by court verdicts.

Prosecutors will also create a list of individual terrorists based on rulings under the law.

The law was approved by Egypt's cabinet in November and passed to the president for ratification.

El-Sisi has held legislative powers since his election to the presidency in June 2014 due to the absence of an elected parliament.

In the last two years the Egyptian courts have designated a number of organisations as terrorist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, the Islamic State group, and Palestinian Hamas's military wing, Al-Qassam Brigades.  

In April 2014, the government increased penalties for terrorist acts in the existing penal code.

Egypt has been battling a decade-long militant insurgency in North Sinai that has spiked since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Militants have also attacked army and police personnel and buildings across the country leaving hundreds dead.

 

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Richard Prior
02-03-2015 11:20am
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Tolerate the Tolerant should be the maxim of all peaceful people. Fight the Intolerant. Violence against others who do not share your views or beliefs is nothing but Terrorism. Civilians should remain unarmed, and respect the laws of whatever country that they choose to live.
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Bubbly
25-02-2015 09:52am
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Stability at Gun point
Every dictator/autocrat thinks that repression and gun/bullet is the only way to control the masses and to bring stability to their rule but the history contradict with this mindset.These dictators never learnt the lesson from Saddam,Qaddaffi,Mubarak,Asad,Saleh,bin Ali & Musharaf.You can supress people for time being but NOT forever..If masses explods at once then your guns and tanks wont be able to face stay in front of people will...and Jan'2011 uprising is still in our minds and we will never forget it.
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Samy Youssef
24-02-2015 11:17pm
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Full Support
We have suffered a lot from terrorist acts in Egypt and we need such measures. Full support to the new law ... and we want to see it into action ... we are fed up from the crimes of the brotherhood, Sinai militants, etc. May God support us in our war against terrorism and their supporters ...
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Egyptian
24-02-2015 08:38pm
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Signed by the man who illegally took control of Egypt via a coup and killed thousands of innocent Muslims in his own country! Terrorist definition stated in the article above: A terrorist is..."through any means inside or outside the country, seek to call for the disabling of laws, or prevent state institutions or public authorities from functioning, or seek to attack the personal liberty of citizens, or other freedoms and rights granted [to citizens] by the law and constitution, or to harm national unity or social peace." He just defined himself! He stole Egypt, he stole the vote of the people, he stole the right to protest, he stole peace and security, he stole the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, children and babies! .
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Rasool Nafisi
24-02-2015 07:37pm
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Law or temporary measure?
I understand Egypt's precarious situation, and the need to combat religious extremism. Reconstituting the society on a secular path takes a long time, and gigantic efforts. But the definition of terrorism in this law however pretty much includes any act of opposition. Why doesn't the cabinet call this a temporary measure with a lifetime of say 5 years, before turning it into a full fledged law?
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lucky
24-02-2015 04:44pm
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And what about....
What about those Sunnis who chose to join in Iraq because they new they would get killed if they didn't They were forced to join. They probably look for the soonest oportunity to slip off but probably never get it. Isis killed a bunch of them that refused. They will probably force Libyans too. and the stupid muslim brotherhood in libyas government will tell you where to bomb them just like they are doing in iraq. Imagine how those poor Sunnis feel. I likedwhat Egypts Iman said the other day about forgiveness and talking about how Isis isn't following the Koran. They should be putting that message out in the news all over the middle east every single day until this isis mess is over. Not everyone reads this news so they don't hear it. And Iraq took down their internet. If Libya takes down theirs.. their government is bad.
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George Hikmat
24-02-2015 03:39pm
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A terrorist junta is not qualified to classify civil forces into terrorist groups
We all know that Sissi & gang would face firing squads if a credible democratic government reigned in Cairo. But his time is coming. The tens of thousands he has murdered will not go into oblivion.
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Allen
24-02-2015 08:33pm
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"George " we all know the Brotherhood is a murdering institution.
That is why you leadership is in cages and your pride and joy organization deemed illegal. I know its hard for you but control your hate, it exposes your MB for those who have not been exposed to it yet.
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Ahmed Kamel
24-02-2015 03:23pm
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Al Ahram - Sisi's Title
You keep referring to President El Sisi as "Egypt's Sisi"? Is there a Sisi in some other country or has Al Ahram become a foreign newspaper? For the love of God, please call him "President Sisi"!!
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Jisan
25-02-2015 06:13am
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Love of God
Ahmed, will I have god's love if I call him president Sisi?
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