Egypt's Sisi to criminalize defamation of revolutions

"Preparations are underway for two presidential decrees to criminalize the defamation of the January 25 and June 30 revolutions, and to amend the code of criminal procedure," al-Sisi said during a meeting with journalists

Egypt's Sisi to criminalize defamation of revolutions

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that he is preparing a law that would criminalize the defamation of the January 25, 2011 revolution [which ousted former president Hosni Mubarak], and the June 30, 2013 revolution [which ousted former president Mohamed Morsi.]"

"Preparations are underway for two presidential decrees to criminalize the defamation of the January 25 and June 30 revolutions, and to amend the code of criminal procedure," al-Sisi said during a meeting with journalists, according to a statement issued by the Egyptian Presidency.

These measures come "within the framework of combating corruption and protecting public funds, and the two decrees will be referred to the cabinet shortly," he added.

On Saturday, a criminal court dropped charges against Mubarak, his interior minister and several Interior Ministry officials that they had conspired to kill protesters during the uprising which forced Mubarak out of power in early 2011.

On Tuesday, Egypt's attorney general appealed the verdict citing legal flaws.

The ruling has invited the ire of many Egyptians with some relatives of the slain protesters taking to the streets to protest the autocrat's acquittal.

Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adly were sentenced to 25 years in prison in late 2012 for ordering the murder of demonstrators during the 2011 uprising.

The court later, however, ordered a retrial after the former president's lawyers successfully appealed the sentence.

The January 25, 2011 revolution lasted for 18 days and saw demonstrations and sit-ins across various squares, leading to Mubarak's step-down.

Egypt has been witnessing a flurry of criticism against the January 2011 revolution, with many supporters of Mubarak and al-Sisi describing it as "an international conspiracy that aimed to undermine Egypt," according to local reports.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was ousted by the military on July 3 following massive protests that began on June 30 against his administration.

While Morsi's supporters describe his ouster as a "military coup", opponents term it a "military-backed revolution".

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