12 December 2012

Egypt: Military Court Not to Try Civilians Arrested During Referendum

Civilians who may be arrested over referendum-related offences would not stand military trials, a statement from the Presidency said on Tuesday 11/12/2012.

A statement issued by a presidential foreign-policy adviser Essam el-Haddad said a law regulating the role of the Armed Forces in maintaining security during the referendum would expire once the results were announced.

President Mohamed Morsi has earlier issued a law giving the military the authority to arrest civilians to protect vital institutions during the referendum on the nation's new constitution next Saturday.

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