Egypt passes law shielding senior military officers from prosecution

Updated 16 July 2018

Egypt passes law shielding senior military officers from prosecution

  • The law could make senior military officers immune from future prosecution
  • It offers special treatment to high-ranking army officers

CAIRO: Egypt’s parliament on Monday passed a law that could make senior military officers immune from future prosecution tied to violence which followed the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
The law grants President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi the right to name officers who are eligible for rewards that include ministerial benefits and immunity from investigation for any offenses committed from July 3, 2013 until June 8, 2014, the period from Mursi’s overthrow to El-Sisi’s first day as president.
Hundreds were killed when security forces broke up a sit-in at Cairo’s Rabaa Square in support of Mursi in August 2013, in one of the bloodiest events in Egypt’s recent history.


Jordan police clash with protesters over anti-smuggling efforts

Updated 30 min 27 sec ago

Jordan police clash with protesters over anti-smuggling efforts

  • The clashes erupted last week between police and protesters in the northern city of Ramtha

AMMAN: Jordanian officials have reached a deal with local representatives to end two days of clashes over government efforts to curb cross-border cigarette smuggling from Syria.
The clashes erupted last week between police and protesters in the northern city of Ramtha. Many residents of the impoverished city have made a living selling cigarettes that were smuggled in Syria for a profit in Jordan, prompting the government to tighten customs regulations.
In recent days, protesters blocked streets with stones and tires and threw fire bombs at police, who fired tear gas to disperse them.
Such anti-government violence is rare in Jordan.
Petra news agency and other local media reported the agreement to end clashes on Sunday.