Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Author(s): Nourhan Fahmy
Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/the-role-of-egypts-lawyers-amid-state-crackdown-and-prosecutorial-repression/
At the 2015 funeral of the assassinated Egyptian Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat, President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi expressed the urgent need for exceptional measures in order to achieve “prompt justice.” A new counter-terrorism law, amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedures, and other legislation would become the main vehicles used in the war waged by the authorities against terrorism, which later engulfed civil society. A general deterioration in the rule of law facilitated by a harsh security crackdown and far-reaching legislation have given way to unprecedented violations of fair trial guarantees and an increasingly hostile environment for lawyers.
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