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Egypt president issues law to free news editor
Egypt president issues law to free news editor

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi used the legislative powers he wrested back from the army this month to pass a law banning the pre-trial detention of journalists.

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt's president intervened to release a newspaper editor jailed over accusations of insulting him on Thursday, issuing a law for the first time since he assumed legislative powers earlier this month.

The announcement by the newly elected president came hours after a court ordered the pre-trial detention of Islam Afifi, the editor-in-chief of the Al-Dostour opposition newspaper, on charges of insulting the president.

On Aug. 12, Mursi dismissed the top generals who had led a military council that had ruled Egypt after the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year.

He also cancelled a decree which the army had issued giving itself legislative powers in the absence of parliament, thereby granting himself both executive and legislative powers.

Last week, state prosecutors filed charges against two journalists, including Afifi, who a court ordered detained on Thursday, pending his trial over accusations that he insulted Mursi. Judge Mohamed Shahin told the court the case would be adjourned to Sept. 16.



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