Egypt: Imminent Republican Decree to Grant Powers of Arrest and Detention to Army Officers

President Mohamed Morsi is due to issue soon a republican decree whereby the Armed Forces are to take part in maintaining security and protecting vital state institutions until the endorsement of a new constitution and completing parliamentary elections.

According to the decree recently approved by the cabinet, Armed Forces officers and non-commissioned officers assigned to maintain security and protect vital state institutions in designated areas will be granted powers of arrest and detention and all other legally defined powers of police officers.

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