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Egypt: Draft Law Enhancing Punishment for the Crime of Torture Approved

(May 10, 2012) On May 7, 2012, the Legislative Committee of Egypt’s People’s Assembly approved the amendment of specific provisions on the crime of torture in the country’s penal law. The amendment increases the punishment of public officials who are convicted of committing an act of torture from one year of imprisonment and a fine […]

Egypt: People’s Assembly Amends Law of 1996 on Military Judiciary

(May 8, 2012) On May 6, 2012, the Egyptian People's Assembly approved the abolishment of article 6 of the Law on the Military Judiciary. This article allowed the President of the Republic to refer civilians for trial before military courts. The deletion grants the right to the Military Prosecutor's Office to refer all cases involving […]

Egypt: Supreme Electoral Commission Disqualifies Ten Candidates from Presidential Race

(Apr. 24, 2012) On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by each of the barred candidates contesting the respective disqualification decisions. Four key candidates who were barred […]

Egypt: Presidential Candidate Files Lawsuit to Prove That His Mother Is Not an American Citizen

(Apr. 17, 2012) On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one of the most popular presidential candidates and a key figure in the Islamic Salafi movement, an […]

Egypt: Law Drafted to Ban Members of Mubarak’s Regime from Running in Presidential Race

(Apr. 16, 2012) On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in the upcoming presidential race or holding top government positions. The draft law will amend the Presidential […]

Egypt: Administrative Judicial Court Suspends the Constitutional Panel

(Apr. 16, 2012) On April 10, 2012, the Egyptian Administrative Judicial Court issued a decision suspending the constitutional panel. The suspended panel included 100 members, half of whom were parliamentarians representing Islamic interest groups including the al Jama'a al Salafiah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the al Jama'a Islamiah. In its ruling, the Court stated that […]

Egypt: Government Rejects Draft Law on the Impeachment of the President

(Mar. 27, 2012) On March 21, 2012, the Assistant Minister of Justice in the current cabinet rejected the draft law submitted by Members of Parliament on the impeachment of the President. The draft law would grant to the legislative branch the right to interrogate the President, remove him from office, and impose other punishments against […]

Egypt: Doctor Acquitted in Virginity Test Case

(Mar. 13, 2012) On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; an initial, additional charge of rape had been dropped. The accuser was a female protester who […]

Egypt: Judicial Authority Warns Parliament

(Feb. 17, 2012) On February 8, 2012, it was reported that the Chief of the Supreme Judicial Council and President of the Court of Cassation in Egypt, Judge Husam el-Din al-Ghariani, had sent a letter to the Speaker of the People's Assembly (the Parliament) insisting on the necessity of respecting the principle of separation of […]

Egypt: Supreme Council of Armed Forces Approves Provisions Amending Presidential Election Law

(Feb. 1, 2012) On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in the Parliament the right to nominate a presidential candidate from among their members. The Law also […]