State of emergency does not allow "ungrounded detention": law professor

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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 - 05:10 GMT

Constitutional Law professor Salah Fawzy - Dina Romeya for Youm7

Constitutional Law professor Salah Fawzy - Dina Romeya for Youm7

CAIRO – 11 April: “Egyptian law and the three-month state of emergency which was announced by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, do not allow the Ministry of Interior to detain any citizens without grounds,” Salah Fawzi, a professor of constitutional law told Youm7.

In 2013, the Constitutional Court ruled ungrounded detentions” unconstitutional, which means that Egypt does not have any political prisoners, Fawzi added.

During a meeting of the National Defense Council on Sunday, President Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency following attacks earlier that day on two Egyptian churches that left dozens dead.

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