Egyptian Court Stops Army Arrests

    CAIRO, EGYPT - JUNE 13: Egyptian presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood addresses suporters at a press conference on June 13, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt.  Egyptian candidates Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq are pegged against each other in the second round of voting for the country's president to be held on the 16th and 17th of June. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

    Daniel Berehulak

    There will be fewer cuffs in Cairo after a court ruling Tuesday. The decision by an Egyptian judge is a key victory for Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's Islamist president-elect, in his struggle to wrest power from the military council that has governed the country since leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year. “The court has blocked the decision of the Minister of Justice that gave military and military intelligence officers powers of arrest,” a Cairo judge said Tuesday. Earlier this month, Egyptian generals implemented legislation appointing themselves constitutional arbiters, giving military police the power to arrest any and all citizens. Now the Cairo administrative court has overturned part of that decree, after a challenge from rights activists and politicians. Most of the military’s emergency powers remain unpopular—but still on the books.

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