World Bulletin / News Desk
An Egyptian court ruled on Wednesday that policemen may grow beards, ending a decades-old ban.
Dozens of police officers were suspended from work in February for breaking the de facto ban on beards introduced under deposed President Hosni Mubarak. They had protested outside the Interior Ministry, calling on President Mohamed Mursi - who is bearded himself - to secure their reinstatement.
Cairo's High Administrative Court rejected a request by the Interior Ministry to let it suspend officers who defied the unwritten rule. "The court ruled ... that police officers have the right to grow beards," judge Maher Abu el-Enin said.
Mubarak used the police to crush Islamist groups. During his rule, sporting any kind of beard precluded Egyptians from holding senior government posts.Last Mod: 20 Şubat 2013, 17:24