Egypt to pass new anti-terror law 'within hours'

The anti-terrorism bill comes against a backdrop of rising militant violence that has targeted Egyptian police and military personnel, state institutions and churches.

Egypt to pass new anti-terror law 'within hours'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt's interim government is expected to a pass a new anti-terrorism law "within hours," a judicial source said Thursday.

The cabinet, led by interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, is currently convening its weekly meeting one day after a senior police officer was killed and five others injured in multiple blasts outside Cairo University.

"At today's session, the government discussed a new law that allows for the setting up of exceptional courts to deal with cases of terrorism and [those related to] national security," the judicial source, who asked to remain anonymous, told Anadolu Agency.

The source added that Egypt's State Council, which must give its opinion on the legality of all proposed legislation, had "referred its observations regarding the bill to the cabinet on Wednesday."

The State Council, he said, had "voiced reservations over the article [of the law] that allows the establishment of exceptional tribunals because this flies in the face of the constitution, which forbids the setting up of exceptional courts."

The anti-terrorism bill comes against a backdrop of rising militant violence that has targeted Egyptian police and military personnel, state institutions and churches.

Egypt's army-backed interim government says the anti-terror law is needed to replace a now-lifted state of emergency, which had been imposed for a three-month period following the bloody dispersal last summer of two sit-ins staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2014, 17:03
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