Egypt law could give senior officers immunity from prosecution

On July 3, 2013, the army, then headed by Sisi, overthrew president Mohamed Morsi after massive protests against his divisive rule.

Thousands of supporters of Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, demonstrated for weeks in two Cairo squares following his ouster.

On August 14 security forces dispersed two pro-Morsi camps in the capital, killing about 700 people in clashes within hours.

Hundreds more were killed in street clashes with police over several months after the August 14 carnage.

Global rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say at least 40,000 people were arrested within the first year of Morsi's removal.

Hundreds more have been sentenced to death or lengthy jail terms after speedy mass trials, including Morsi and several leaders of his [now] outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

I didn't agree with Morsi's general politics, but he did not do anything to merit his overthrow, especially via such means. Sisi, on the other hand, is vastly more tyrannical than was even suggested of Morsi. He's worse than was Mubarak, which is mighty bad.

The fact that Sisi was elected with such numbers says that either the election was massively rigged or the average Egyptian voters didn't, and don't, know what they're doing.

Hariri criticised the law and the powers it could give Sisi, saying decisions concerning the military should be taken only by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

"Why should they need immunity if they did not commit any wrongdoing," he said of the officers, who have not been named.

Tom Usher

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