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Public lynchings indicate 'death of the state': Egypt justice minister
Minister of Justice Ahmed Mekki describes recent episode of rough justice in Egypt's Gharbiya governorate as indication of the state's demise
AP Ahram Online , Monday 18 Mar 2013
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Public lynching is a sign of the state
Egyptian men surround the bodies of two men who were beaten and hung by vigilantes after being accused of kidnapping two boys in Samanod, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) north of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday March 17, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky on Sunday slammed the public lynching of two men accused of theft in Egypt's Gharbiya governorate, describing the incident as a sign of "the death of the state."

In statements to the Turkish Anadolu news agency on Sunday, the minister condemned the incident in which village residents applied the 'Haraba penalty' of Islamic law by beating two men accused of theft and hanging them from a tree until they died.

The 'Haraba' penalty in Islamic Law means the execution or crucifixion of anyone who terrorises or kills others in order to steal from them. According to most Muslim clerics, only the state has the authority to apply the penalty.

"The meting out of rough justice on thugs and outlaws, as well blocking roads and highways by citizens, are signs of the state's death," said Mekky. He added that the use of force was a government prerogative, stressing that if that right is transferred to the citizenry "then the state is dead."

"The government that allows this to happen is an unjust government, because it does not afford citizens with adequate protection," said Mekki.

Angry citizens beat two men accused of abducting two young boys, then stripped them half-naked and hung them from a tree in the village of Sammound in the Gharbiya governorate on Sunday, according to security officials who confirmed that both men had died.

The two men were reportedly dragged in the street and beaten before they were hung from the tree.

The killings come a week after the attorney general's office encouraged civilians to arrest lawbreakers and hand them over to police.

The incident represents one of the most extreme cases of vigilantism in the two years since Egypt's 2011 uprising, which have seen a sharp deterioration of public security. The worsening security, coupled with a police strike, prompted the attorney general's call for citizens' arrests last week.

Similar attacks have happened elsewhere in Egypt, though vigilante killings remain an infrequent phenomenon. Citizens, however, appear to have grown bolder in taking matters into their own hands since the uprising that ousted long-time president Hosni Mubarak.





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patkar
20-03-2013 01:48pm
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WHAT IS THAT ?
just back to tribal rules.This a reverse gear, change to forward for the sake of Egypt !
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i use to love egypt
20-03-2013 03:03am
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disgusted
I lived in Egypt many years saw poverty and oppression but saw good respectful civilised people ....but with one big fault..every problem was someone elses fault. Before it was Mubaraks fault now morsis fault oh and always USAs fault.. When will u all grow up and accept it is by your hands? Who elected Morsi ??men from mars ? No egyptians with finally the right to vote. So you got what you chose. The murdering of these two men is disgraceful and all isee is is discussion about usa mb israel and soon men from mars..who murdered these men hung them like meat in the market .cheered like a circus and turned two human beings (criminals or not) into meat hanging in a butchers shop ? For God sake dont lose your humanity or you will have lost any hope of civilisation. CONDEM THE BUTCHERING OF HUMAN FLESH LIKE ANIMALS before you start blaming the world for what EGYPTIANS did with their bare hands...
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Aadel M Al-Mahdy
24-06-2013 01:47am
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WOW!!!
You have got lots of points in your comment. One should be accountable for his own choices and deeds. But allow me to tell you you are not yet completely out of the box since you are ignoring of so many other factors.
Mark
21-03-2013 02:49am
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Disgusted
Thanks.
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Azaelea
18-03-2013 06:56pm
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MB and the End Game
The MB was brought to power by the machinations of the US Govt. The overall goal is to create another Iraq/Libya; civil war. That way one by one Israel's neighbours will be weakened and plunged into killing one another, which in turn will strengthen Israel. To many observers this may seem to simplistic but this end game has been two decades in the planning and unfortunately, the US planted the young Egyptians and Morsi in the right place at the right time to execute their plan. Wake up my beloved Egypt you have been fooled and will pay the same price as Iraq and Libya!
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Jack Nelson
18-03-2013 03:05pm
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Muslim Brotherhood
Just another example of what happens when the muslim brotherhood is allowed to run rampant and take control of everything! Watch out america, obama keeps staffing his cabinet with these same brotherhood people.
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AG
18-03-2013 01:22pm
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Let this be a lesson
Let this be a lesson to all thugs that even without police if you turn against citizenry then you are exposing yourself to more extreme penalties than if the police existed! At the same time citizens should refrain from carrying out punishments, ONLY detaining people and taking them to the authorities.
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expat
18-03-2013 10:39am
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new barbarians...and the state supports this
well,Mursi and general attorney,eat the fruits,which ripe under your rule....soon this once growing nation falls back to dark ages
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expat
19-03-2013 01:57pm
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nonsense...
your comment is utter nonsense,sorry for the clear speach...there is a difference between political street demonstrations(which you seem not to understand)which turn violent and public killing by a mob!,not citizens. Ok,if you go back together with the MBs to sharia penalties from 640th,then dont tell me,this is something else then dark age ruling the streets,barbaric and totally out of control . But the worst news is,exactly this the MBs and their general attorney wantred to create,to let the people kill each other. this were people accused to steal.
abdulrahman
18-03-2013 02:33pm
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The Remnants of Mubarak Started The Anarchy
It is the opposition who started the anarchy. They were violent in the street demonstrations attacking and burning buildings and state property. When police acted, they complained to the extent the Police that the Police refuse to work. Well, when police refuse to carry their duties, the mob will do it. Don't blame it on the government, blame it on the people who pretended to fight for democracy but will boycott the election. They are heirs of Mubarak who would like people to now say life was better with Mubarak. Truly these people served the Mubarak regime and hope for the revival of Mubarak style of government.

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