Egypt: Court suspends military arrest powers against civilians
An Egyptian court has suspended a govt decree that gave military police and intelligence agencies has authority to arrest civilians.
Cairo: An Egyptian court has suspended a government decree that gave military police and intelligence agencies the authority to arrest civilians and try them before military tribunals.
According to Gulf News, the decree, which was issued by the ministry of justice earlier this month, has been strongly condemned by human rights groups.
They have called the decree a backdoor bid to re-introduce a state of emergency that expired in late May after more than 30 decades.
Fourteen suits have been filed against the decree at the administrative court. The litigants include the Muslim Brotherhood and losing presidential contender Khalid Ali, who is a lawyer.