Egypt party rejects bill to protect 'well-intentioned' officials

Local media reported that the interim government has asked the Ministry of Justice to prepare a new bill that offers protection for senior government officials who make mistakes in goodwill and without criminal intents

Egypt party rejects bill to protect 'well-intentioned' officials

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Salafist Nour Party has rejected a government bill that aims to immune senior government officials from accountability for mistakes done in goodwill.

In a Friday statement, Nour Party leader Younis Makhioun warned that the draft will give room for corruption and protect corrupt officials.

"The law is in reality a bid to protect corruption and corrupt officials," he said.

"We need laws that protect people from corruption and government officials, not the opposite," he added.

Local media reported that the interim government has asked the Ministry of Justice to prepare a new bill that offers protection for senior government officials who make mistakes in goodwill and without criminal intents.

Deputy leader for legal affairs Talaat Marzouk said the new bill opens the door wide for corruption.

"We are in a bad need for laws that prevent government officials from profiteering from posts," he said.

Marzouk argued that article 115 of Egypt's Penal Code slaps jail terms for government workers who profit from their positions.

The Nour Party has supported an army-imposed roadmap for Egypt's transition following the July 3 ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.

Last Mod: 09 Kasım 2013, 11:12
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