Sunday, December 28, 2014

No military trials for [some] Egyptian police officers

Applying a 2012 decision of the Constitutional Court, the Egyptian Administrative Court has ruled that police officers who have been convicted in military courts are entitled to civilian retrials. According to this report in the Daily News Egypt, the decision doesn't affect those police officers who are assigned to the Ministry of Interior Central Security Forces following conscription into the armed forces. Under an October 2013 decree of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, they remain subject to military justice. The latest ruling, narrowing the scope of military court jurisdiction, contrasts with the expansion of military jurisdiction over civilians.

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