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Are Egypt’s anti-terror efforts 'shackled' by law?

There are concerns about the amendment of laws in the Egyptian parliament to impose more exceptional measures under the excuse of combating terrorism.

CAIRO — The Egyptian government has set its mind on finding a new legislation that would accelerate litigation procedures in terrorism crimes to a very tight timeline, with 30 days maximum as the government’s decisive measure to combat terrorism. However, it opens the door for exceptional procedures and widening the circle of suspects under the guise of “implementing justice.”

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi used the concept of “implementing justice” in one of his speeches about the importance of amending laws and passing additional sanctions against extremists and terrorist organizations, particularly after the assassination of Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat in June 2015. Sisi said during Barakat’s funeral on June 30, 2015, “The hands of justice are shackled by laws.”

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