13 February 2014

Egypt: Manifold Crimes and Violations That Committed Under the President and Attorney General's Nose, Wasted the Justice

press release

Cairo: — The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said, today, that many clear crimes in Egypt have been committed under the President and Attorney General's nose. Their failure to halt them along with their continuity in their positions make them participants in such crimes and severe violations of the law, as both of them should be held accountable. It is, accordingly, a breach of the oath that they had taken to maintain rule of law and equality among citizens.

Several incidents and crimes have become systematic, and overlooking them went closer to bury head in the sand. ANHRI will merely list some examples of those incidents; perhaps the President- originally a judge- or the Attorney General may have some due respect to the law and values of justice so that they come out to apologize for such incidents or announce that they will no longer continue in their positions:

1- Silence on airing unlawful recordings for Egyptian activists and citizens, despite the fact that four complaints were filed to the Attorney General, on 13 December 2013, and on 1,5 January 2014. Nevertheless, the TV station is still broadcasting recordings, as though it is a clear declaration of the death of rule of law in Egypt; visit the link (http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=14949)

2- The incident of recording an interview between a defendant and his lawyer (recording an interview between ousted president "Mohamed Morsi" and Dr Selim Al-Awa) beside disseminating and airing the interview- without taking an action- is likely a green light to more violations of law.

3- The arrest of dozens of youth , attacking them and probing them due to organizing a demonstration outside the Shura Council; in protest against articles of military tribunals for civilians in the Constitution, on the other hand; six protests for police personnel had been overlooked, such a matter illustrates the double standard principle and inequality before the law.

4- Overlooking flagrant violations of law in January, the detention of protesters- who had been apprehended during the 3rd anniversary of January 25 Revolution- in unlawful places like Central Security Forces (CSF) Camp in Alex-Cairo desert road and Tora Camps, in addition to the detention of children with adults in those camps. Moreover, the testimonies of torture that have been given by detainees are in need for interrogations, also the detention in illegal places over and above detention of children with adults are deemed a crime, in which Attorney General, Interior Minister and the President got involved.

5- The final example for inequality before the law and double standard, which occurred a few hours ago, is the degradation of a protest that was organized by pro-Egyptian regime backers outside Radio Theater; in a bid to preclude satirist Bassem Yousef from shooting an episode of "ElBernameg" program. It is not a call for banning a peaceful protest, but for equality before the law. It is not fair to arrest and torture opposing protesters, while blessing and overlooking the supporters' protests.

ANHRI stated that, "These are a few examples, among many, for a clear flaw in the scale of justice and the rule of law,,, they are sufficient to make the President and the Attorney General- head of investigation and conviction authority- apologize for the double standard principle as well as inequality before the law. Their continuity in offices, consequently,bares them responsibility for those crimes. Definitely, the absence of justice and rule of law will not last long, a day will come when all violators of law in Egypt will be held accountable.

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