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SCAF general slams parliament attempt to limit military judiciary powers

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: Major General Mamdouh Shahin, member of the ruling military council, described the parliament’s suggested amendments on the Military Trials Law as an “infringement of a judicial authority on the jurisdictions of another.” The People’s Assembly discussed in its Tuesday’s session, attended by Shahin, a number of amendments on the military trials …


Maspero victims’ lawyers quit military trial of 3 conscripts citing bias

By Mennatallah Fouad Youssef CAIRO: Rights groups and lawyers representing the victims of the Maspero crackdown said Wednesday they withdrew from the ongoing military trial of the soldiers accused of running over protesters by armed personnel carriers last October. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and the Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence …


PA committee agrees to annul article 6 of military judicial law

By Heba Fahmy and Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: The legislative Committee in the People’s Assembly (PA) agreed Monday to annul article 6 of the military judicial law, which gives the president the jurisdiction to refer civilians to military courts. Adel Ramadan, legal consultant for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), said that the amendment was …


Nour says delegation will call on SCAF to annul politically-motivated verdicts

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Ayman Nour, head of Ghad El-Thawra Party, said Sunday that a delegation of 20 members will approach the ruling military council to call for annulling all politically-motivated verdicts, including one against Nour himself. “They will present a [request] with 150 signatures from MPs calling for the annulment of all political, arbitrary verdicts …


Military court sentences 2 to death for beheading officer

By AFP CAIRO: A military court on Wednesday sentenced two men to death for beheading an army officer during the uprising that ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak, the official MENA news agency reported. Three others received life sentences, and two more were jailed for 15 years each for the murder of the army officer in a …


Interior ministry clashes in Feb were the most brutal, say lawyers

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: The detention and treatment of those arrested in relation to the ministry of interior clashes last month showed the worst in human rights violations, rights lawyers said Thursday, specifically pointing to high rate of abuse of minors. “These clashes are the toughest, with the highest rates of human rights abuses against …


One year later, military trials still ongoing, says rights group

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: Members of the No to Military Trials campaign said Sunday that military trials of civilians are still ongoing as they marked the first anniversary of violations against protesters by the military police on Feb. 26. On Feb. 26, 2011 military police violently dispersed a sit-in in front of the Cabinet, arresting …


SCAF lifts sentences handed down to 90 civilians by military courts

CAIRO: The head of the ruling military council Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi issued a decree Monday to cancel prison sentences handed down to 90 civilians by military courts, state official news portal reported Monday. Head of Military Judiciary General Adel El-Morsy said in a press conference last September that over 12,000 civilians have been …