10 December 2012

Egypt: Morsi Gives Army Arrest Powers Until Referendum Vote

Photo: SRA D. Myles Cullen, USAF
Egyptian Army soldiers (file photo).

President Mohamed Morsi issued on Sunday 9/12/2012 a new Presidential decree giving directives to the military to maintain security and protect state institutions in coordination with police forces during referendum on the new constitution.

Under the law no. 107 of 2012, the Armed Forces officers and non-commissioned officers will be given all judicial seizure powers which are given to policemen.

Reports to be referred to the competent prosecution in line with the law of criminal procedures and the normal judge will be responsible for arbitration, the decree states.

This decree was published on the official state gazette and will be put into force as of the day following the date of publication.

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