Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

4 July 2012

Egypt: Text - Mursi Forms Committee to Study Civilians' Military Detention

President Mohamed Mursi decided to form a committee headed by Judge Mohamed Amin al-Mahdi to study the status of civilians who were jailed by military rulings since January 25, 2011 until the power transfer on June 30, 2012. Discussions will also include the status of all detainees and revolutionaries who received non-military sentenced during the same period.

The committee will present a report to Mursi within two weeks from the day it begins its work, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported. All bodies will be required to present any documents they have to support the work of the committee.

The committee will group the deputy attorney general, the attorney of the state security prosecution, assistants of the interior minister for prison service and general security, deputy head of the military judiciary and four representatives of civil society and the revolution's youths.

Presidential Decree No. 5 for 2012

After reviewing the constitutional declaration issued on 13/2/2012, the constitutional declaration issued on 20/3/2012, the penal code, the criminal procedure code, law 162/1958, law 25/1966 on the military judiciary and its amendments and the proposal of the prime minister, it has been decided:

First: A committee headed by Judge Mohamed Amin al-Mahdi and including the deputy attorney, the general attorney of the state security prosecution, assistants of interior minister for prison service and general security, deputy head of the military judiciary and four representatives of civil society and the revolution's youths who are Ahmed Saif al-Islam, Mohamed Ali Zarea, Ali Kamal Mostafa and Islam Lotfi Ali.

Second: The committee's tasks will be as follows:

- Reviewing the status of civilians detained by military court since January 25, 2011 until power was transferred on June 30, 2012.

- Writing a report detailing the status of each detainee in terms of the crime he is charged with and the ruling on it.

- Reviewing the status of all civilians detained by the Interior Ministry and providing reports on each in terms of reasons for arrest, period of detention and the crime they are charged with.

- Reviewing the status of revolutionaries who were sentenced in non-military trials since January 25, 2012 until the power transfer on June 30, 2012 and providing detailed reports on each.

Third: The committee has the right to visit military and civilian prisons in additions to places of detention and arrest, meet the persons concerned, listen to their testimonies and check their files. The committee could ask the assistance of individuals from inside or outside these authorities whom it believes are relevant.

Fourth: The committee presents a report to President Mohamed Mursi within two weeks from the day it begins its work together with its opinion for each case individually.

Fifth: All bodies are to provide all documents or information they have to support the committee and its work.

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