Sharia police state coming to Egypt: Morsi to pass law granting military power of arrest

A law clearly designed to make it easier to dispose of the tens of thousands of anti-Sharia protesters. “Morsy to pass law granting military power of arrest,” by Liliana Mihaila for Daily News Egypt, December 8 (thanks to Lookmann):

President Mohamed Morsy is expected to ratify a law giving the military many of the police’s powers, according to state-run media outlet Al Ahram.

According to Al Ahram, the cabinet approved the draft law at its last meeting and it is now awaiting Morsy”s approval. The law contains four articles that give the military similar powers to the police, including the power to arrest civilians.

Under Morsy”s constitutional declaration none of his decision are subject to judicial review.

The law is set to grant the military these powers throughout the period from the referendum on the proposed constitution up to the parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to take place sixty days after the approval of the constitution.

According to Al Ahram, the law calls on the armed forces to coordinate with the police to “maintain security and protect vital installations in the country.” The law also grants military officers and non-commissioned officers “all the powers of judicial arrest.”

Heba Morayef, the Egypt director for Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Morsy needs the military because “recently we have seen several occasions when the police have not responded to the presidents” demands.”

Morayef expressed concern about the proposed law saying, “there are two reasons why this is so problematic. Firstly, civilians arrested by military officers could be subject to military trial, and secondly there is no civilian oversight on the military.” She added, “it is much more dangerous, it is an invitation for abuse.”

In June the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued a decree stating, “military police and military intelligence officers”¦ shall have judicial arresting authority for crimes committed by non-military personnel.” HRW said the decree “creat[ed] conditions ripe for further serious human rights abuses.”

Referring to SCAF”s decree, Morayef said, “when SCAF issued their decree it was blocked by an administrative court. If he approves this law Morsy will be flying in the face of a court order that has already been issued.”

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  1. says

    Morsi is indeed comparable to Hitler. But the opposition can record a victory He cancelled his decree giving him additional rights and making him immune. Obviously international pressure works – to what extent needs to seen. The war isn’t over. A lot more battles to come and we’ll see a lot of rallies on Tahrir square.

  2. says

    I wonder whether these sorts of reports will make even the smallest dent in current Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s *admiration* of Mohammed Morsi…

    And from another report:

    Israel, Hamas agree to Gaza truce

    “One of the things that stands out is the leadership role of **someone who could be a very great figure in Middle Eastern history indeed** {my emphasis – dda; to which I can only say, AAAAAARRRGH, THE STUPIDITY, IT BURNS! and this man is currently our **Foreign Minister** God help us! – dda} – and that’s President Morsi of Egypt,” he told reporters in Canberra.

    “I rang the Egyptian ambassador in Australia today to ask [him] to convey to Cairo our support, our admiration for the leadership role that Egypt has demonstrated.’

    I recall reading another news story in which Carr went on at greater length about his meeting with Morsi the Muslim Brotherhood operative, and how impressed he had been by him (Morsi), but at present I can’t find it. I simply couldn’t *believe* Carr’s gullibility.

    He is – in his willingness to be bowled over by the deeply-unpleasant likes of Mohammed Morsi and of Imam Abdul Rauf – perhaps one of the most dangerous Foreign Ministers that Australia has ever had.

  3. says

    Morsi is comparable to Hitler? Morsi is comparable to Barack Hussein Obama! Forget Hitler, he’s dead. Obama is alive and he has been doing the same things as Morsi has. I’m amazed that no one has been making the comparison. I am also amazed that so many Egyptians have become so vocal in their protests to the dictatorial powers that Morsi has proclaimed yet there have been no demonstrations outside the White House when Obama issued his Executive Orders granting himself the power to take over the transportation and commerce and utilities here at home. Morsi declared the military the power to arrest and detain Egyptians and Obama requested and received the same authority in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. All we got was a blizzard of blogger comments. The only thing that Morsi did that Obama hasn’t done was declare his rule to be above judicial review, but Obama has a weak-kneed Republican House and an unindicted co-conspirator running the Justice Dept.