Monday, January 1, 2018

Egyptian military court cases referred to grand mufti

Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam
Grand Mufti of Egypt
Anadolu Agency reports here on an unusual aspect of Egyptian practice, noted here in 2016:
A military court on Sunday sought advice from the grand mufti on the possible execution of eight civilians charged with killing a senior police officer, according to a lawyer of the defendants. 
Osama Bayoumi told Anadolu Agency that eight were referred to the country’s top religious authority; four of the eight civilians were being tried in absentia.
The article goes on to note that the grand mufti's rulings, although apparently required in capital cases, are advisory only and are often rejected or sentences reduced on appeal.

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