Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Earth Science News .




DEMOCRACY
Egypt court suspends military arrest powers
by Staff Writers
Cairo (AFP) June 26, 2012


Egypt's administrative court suspended on Tuesday a justice ministry decision to allow the ruling military powers to arrest civilians, a judicial source said.

The court took the decision after reviewing an appeal filed by 17 rights groups against the controversial decree passed on June 13.

"The decision creates extraordinary powers that have no basis in law," the groups had said in a statement, describing the order as "a blatant circumvention of the official end of the state of emergency."

"The decision could put in place far worse restrictions than those of the state of emergency," the statement said.

The military has said the decree was necessary after the end of a decades-long state of emergency while the army remained on the streets.

The decision infuriated activists and protesters, who have campaigned for years for an end to the state of emergency, which granted police wide powers of arrest and was often used to curb dissent.

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak had called in the army during an uprising last year in which protesters torched police stations. The military is scheduled to hand power to president-elect Mohamed Morsi on June 30.

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights watchdog welcomed the court decision, saying the decree had allowed the military the right to arrest people for "resisting the rulers and insulting them."

"The groups that filed the appeal believed that many of the crimes mentioned in the decree are included in the right of Egyptians to peacefully express political views opposing the regime," it said in a statement.

The head of military justice Adel al-Mursi had said earlier this month that the decree was necessary after the state of emergency expired on May 31.

"The decision fills a legal vacuum, as the army is still on the streets even after the state of emergency was lifted," Adel al-Mursi, the head of military justice, told reporters.

The United States said that it was reviewing the decision.

"I think I will take some time to review what has happened. But if it is in support of human rights and dignity for the Egyptian people, then it would be a good move," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in Washington.

The measure came just days before a presidential election runoff between ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq and Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate who was announced the winner on Sunday.

Morsi has since been conducting talks with the military rulers about their powers after they transfer control to him on June 30.

In other decrees this month, the military assumed legislative powers after dissolving parliament following a court order and formed a national security council dominated by generals which will have a large say in policy-making.

It also reserves the right to pick a new constituent assembly to draft the country's next constitution.

The current assembly, elected by parliament, may also be dissolved by a court decision expected on September 1.

.


Related Links
Democracy in the 21st century at TerraDaily.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





DEMOCRACY
Egypt facing hope, challenges
Washington (UPI) Jun 25, 2012
The election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi as Egypt's first democratically elected president will be good for U.S. business interests, top Chamber of Commerce officials said Monday. Speaking to a group of about 60 business professionals Monday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the chief executive officer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, said that the new lea ... read more


DEMOCRACY
Record radiation levels detected at Fukushima reactor

Eviction pits Haiti police against protestors

Population displacement during disasters predicted using mobile data

Japan sorry for not using US radiation map

DEMOCRACY
Google rolls in tablet market with Nexus 7

Mercury mineral evolution

Zynga building hub for mobile gadget game play

Google ramps up competition in hot tablet market

DEMOCRACY
US beaches laden with sewage, bacteria: study

Greenpeace sabotages Australia-bound super-trawler

Over 150 natives occupy Amazon dam construction site

Cienega de Santa Clara unchanged after pilot run of Yuma Desalting Plant

DEMOCRACY
Canada builds up arctic region defenses

Greenland ice may exaggerate magnitude of 13,000-year-old deep freeze

Emperor penguins threatened by Antarctic sea ice loss

Melting Sea Ice Threatens Emperor Penguins

DEMOCRACY
Philippines rice terraces off endangered list: UN

U.S. urges action on global cattle disease

Gene discovery may mean more, better rice

Food security and climate change

DEMOCRACY
NASA chooses University professors for $151.7 million mission

Debby hits land as Florida braces for more floods

China quake kills at least four, injures 100

US Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Debby

DEMOCRACY
Shell says close to launch of test drilling off Guiana coast

New revolt escalates endless DRC war

Hotel inside S.Africa's Kruger Park irks conservationists

Once-violent Mogadishu now growing

DEMOCRACY
Did pre-human diet choice affect survival?

'Brain-hacking' technology sought

Out of the mouths of primates, facial mechanics of human speech may have evolved

Google sets out to save dying languages




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement