Anti-military trials campaign demands Morsi free civilians

Ahram Online, Tuesday 26 Jun 2012

Campaigners call on president-elect Mohamed Morsi to release all civilian prisoners in military jails

No to Military Trials
File photo of Egyptian activists with stickers that read: "No to military trials for civilians" at a rally. (Photo: AP)

Egypt's No Military Trials for Civilians campaign has called on president-elect Mohamed Morsi to release all civilians detained by the military prosecution.

The campaign, which has been active since the military junta seized power after the toppling of Hosni Mubarak, said acting against the military prosecution of civilians would be a first step towards meeting the goals of the January 25 Revolution.

The president-elect should ensure civilians receive fair trials and not follow Muslim Brotherhood MPs who approved amendments to the ruling junta's military prosecution law, the campaign said in a statement Tuesday.

The law, issued in May 2012, limited the president's powers to refer civilians for military trial but retained the military's right to do so.

More than 12,000 Egyptian civilians have faced prosecutions by the military since the junta took power in early 2011, the statement added.  

The campaign has called on Egyptians to send letters to the newly elected president at the presidential palace to demand he issue pardons releasing all civilians in military prisons.

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