Egyptian dictatorial law lifted after 31 years

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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Egyptian emergency law lifted after 31 years

Friday 01 June 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Egypt‘s notorious state of emergency was allowed to expire on Friday, ending 31 years of almost unrestricted police powers of arrest and prosecution in “special” courts.

Since former president Anwar Sadat’s 1981 assassination, the security forces had been able to detain and arrest people without charge, keep them locked up despite court judgements and extract confessions under torture.

Abuses almost always went unpunished and human rights groups said more than 10,000 people were in detention under the ousted Hosni Mubarak regime.

Last year’s popular uprising that drove General Mubarak from power was partially fueled by anger over police abuses of power and lifting the law was a key demand by the uprising’s youth groups.

The military rulers who took charge after General Mubarak’s exit have said that they have no intention to renew the law.

They claim that they will continue to be in charge of the country’s security only until an elected civilian authority takes over by the end of June.

A run-off presidential election between the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi and former air force commander Ahmed Shafiq, who was General Mubarak’s last prime minister, is due on June 16-17.

The emergency law was a defining and much-resented feature of General Mubarak’s 29-year authoritarian regime.

It was almost automatically renewed every few years, the last time in May 2010.

Under the military rule of the past 15 months, a constitutional declaration put restrictions on renewing the emergency law, requiring both parliamentary approval and a public referendum on any reappearance of the state of emergency.

But since General Mubarak’s removal human rights groups have blamed the military for its own set of human rights violations through its use of military tribunals for civilians and detention of activists.

More than 11,000 civilians have been referred to military tribunals since February last year and there have been various allegations of torture in detention.

There are currently nearly 200 people still detained under the state of emergency and human rights groups have called for their immediate release or for legitimate charges to be laid against them.

Egyptian Court Sentences Mubarak to Life in Prison: here.

HUNDREDS of thousands of Egyptian workers and youth have re-occupied Tahrir Square in disgust at the light sentencing of ex-president Mubarak and at the former Mubarak regime’s Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq’s, participation in the presidential election run-off: here.

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