Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

22 October 2012

Egypt: Khaled Ali Files a Law Suit Against the President

Former presidential candidate and human rights activist Khalid Ali filed a lawsuit against President Mohamed Mursi. The law suit calls for amending the oath taken by the President and the officials of the General Intelligence Service. The law suit demands deleting the phrase "pledging full loyalty to the President and the General Intelligence Service."

Ali said, in the lawsuit, that the Egyptian people were surprised on September 19th during the appointment of Major General Mohamed Raafat Shehata Abdel Wahed head of the General Intelligence Service that his oath was as follows "I swear by Almighty God, to be faithful to the Republic of Egypt, believing in its principles and to work to achieve its goals and serve its people, pledging full loyalty to the President and the General Intelligence Service. I will preserve secrecy inside and outside the service; I will collaborate with my superiors and those I supervise. I will sacrifice everything I hove to the advancement of the service, maintaining it with all my soul and blood. God is our witness, our conscience is our guidance, dedication is our way , secrecy is our mean."

He pointed out that the oath is in contradiction with the legal rules and constitutional principles as "loyalty is not for people whatever their position or for agencies whatever their roles, but to the country and the people who are the source of authority."

Ali also called for the president of the service retaking the oath after its amendment.

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