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Egypt's Sisi pledges stricter laws after murder of top prosecutor

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Jun 2015
Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
A handout photo of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, center, speaks at the funeral for Hisham Barakat, surrounded by his family members, Tuesday, 30 June, 2015 (Photo: The Egyptian Presidency)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has vowed to amend laws in Egypt within days to achieve "rapid justice" against militants a day after the assassination of the country's top public prosecutor.

"Swift justice is chained to laws," El-Sisi said in televised remarks to reporters as he left a military funeral for Hisham Barakat, whose convoy was struck by a car bomb attack on Monday.

The president said criminal laws will be adjusted "within days" to "confront the developments we are facing."

"We will make amendments to laws so we can achieve justice in the swiftest possible time," El-Sisi said.

In the absence of parliament, President El-Sisi has wielded legislative authority.

The assasination of 65-year-old Barakat is the first of a high-ranking state official since the July 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The killing of Barakat could signal a new escalation in an Islamist insurgency unleashed by Morsi's removal.

Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, was sentenced to death earlier this month over incitement of murder charges in a mass jailbreak case in 2011.

However, the president said that up until now "not a single exceptional measure has been taken" in reference to the government's use of its current laws in its fight against terrorism.

El-Sisi said the judiciary would not wait for years to prosecute militants, adding that they give orders for their deadly attacks "from inside their [prison] cages."

"If a death sentence or a life term is handed down, it will be implemented."

Verdicts meted out against Islamists can be appealed in a process that could take years to reach a final verdict.

Egypt's constitution allows the president to issue pardons after a ruling is final.

El-Sisi has repeatedly said he cannot intervene in court procedures, stressing that doing so would undermine judicial independence.

 
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Haq
01-07-2015 05:31pm
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How convenient...
Who stands to benefit from the assassination of the general prosecutor? The criminal military regime of course, by amending laws "within days" in their favor and "swiftly" applying death sentences to murder and get rid of political opposition to their criminal rule. Seems like this convenient death couldn't have come any sooner...
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m omsri
01-07-2015 08:26am
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There are Laws?
Since when?
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Allen
30-06-2015 05:20pm
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God bless all the men and women
Who gave their lives, and were victimized by the vile Muslim brotherhood terrorists. Good people always overcome evil in the end
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khan
30-06-2015 04:00pm
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is he a president
law won.t help sisi and other sisi must resign and give up . must respect Egyptian opinion . sisi and his loyalists no more acceptable for Egyptian
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sisi will stay
01-07-2015 07:44pm
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sisi will stay
As SADAT said ''NO RELIGION IN POLITICS and NO POLITICS IN RELIGION !'' Get it???????
expat
30-06-2015 10:11pm
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disgusting ....
your choosen name is shia and you want to pretend,you are the hero of the MBs? is there no education at the pakistan madrassas? its emberrasing even to your salafeen teachers from ksa back at islamabad,mate...you got too much time on hand,but no brains
expat
30-06-2015 09:25pm
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its enough about you guy
if your real name is khan,then you are not from this country at all,because this name come from the sub continent(sub,which is your kin) and if its an alyas,then you did for an intelligent mb agent a real bad choice..as khan is in pakland mostly referred to the shia group there belonging to the agha khan
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