Sunday, October 26, 2014

Egypt to expand jurisdiction of military courts

The Egyptian cabinet has voted to expand the jurisdiction of military courts to cover terrorism cases. According to Al Ahram:
The amendments would address assaults against police and armed forces buildings and personnel, as well as public facilities, public properties and road-blockings.
The Egyptian constitution, [promulgated in] early 2014, addresses military courts in article 204. It limited powers of the military court to ''direct assaults" against military zones, facilities, buildings and border zones.
The cabinet reached the decision during an emergency meeting headed by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab. The draft law was introduced after President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had vowed swift response to Friday's attacks [in Sinai, in which 31 soldiers were killed].
The proposal needs to be ratified by El-Sisi, who holds legislative power in the absence of parliament, to become law.

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