Parliament to approve amendments to criminal procedure code in 72 hrs



Mon, 10 Apr 2017 - 06:14 GMT


Mon, 10 Apr 2017 - 06:14 GMT

House of Representatives - Archive

House of Representatives - Archive

CAIRO – 10 April 2017: The parliament will amend the code of criminal procedure within 72 hours, stated President of the House of Representative Ali Abdel Aal on Monday, following Sunday Palm attacks on two Egyptian churches leaving dozens killed.

Parliament also is expected to listen to Pime Minister Sherif Ismail’s testimony on Tuesday to justify the Cabinet decision to impose state of emergency announced yesterday by President Abdel-Fatah Al-Sisi.

"No time for words, we will go to work and focus on achievement only.” Abdel Aal told the members of Parliament.

The code of criminal procedure has been criticized over slow pace of proceedings for justice to be served in different cases.

Meanwhile, the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Abdel Razek, also stressed the need to amend the laws and procedures of litigation, dubbed “obsolete”, it has caused injustice to the judge and litigant, also slows in the proceedings especially during the coming period.

“Egyptians and everyone must care about what is coming” Abdel Razek said in a statement excepted painful blows and we must take care to it.

He calls to hold an Egyptian conference for justice to update legislation and speed up the procedures for prosecution especially the Code of Criminal procedure.

The decision of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi which entails the formation of the supreme council for the fight against terrorism and extremism is the right step in a timely manner, said Abdel Razek.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency after receiving approval of the House of Representative and the Cabinet, Sunday.

Later after the attacks, the Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for both attacks that targeted Sunday the St. George’s Church (Mar Girgis) in Tanta, north of
Cairo, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. The deadly blasts left at least 45 killed and more than 120 injured, according to statement by the Ministry of Health.



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