Countering terrorism law draft amendments, penalties up to death sentence
Imbaba Court Explosion - Sherif Magdy For THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: State Council Legislation Division received two laws drafted by Cabinet Saturday to counter terrorism, Youm7 reported.

The first law draft consists of amendments on penalties law and toughens sentences for terrorism acts; the second draft sets the legal regulations to detect such crimes.

The amendments consisted of procedures similar to the emergency law during the state of emergency, where the president is allowed to take suitable procedures to maintain security and the general system. This included evacuating certain areas, isolating, or enforcing curfew whether terrorism crimes, war, or natural catastrophe occurred.

Article 15 of the law obliges the president to present the decision on the parliament within 15 days of issuing it, with the summoning of the parliament members for convening to look into the matter. If the parliament was dissolved, a new parliament would look into it in its first meeting and the president is also allowed to prolong the exceptional procedures after the majority of parliament agrees.

Meanwhile article 86 stated that anyone who found, run, or lead a terroristic group would be sentenced to life in prison or sentences to death The ones who found a group that call for obstruction of the law, constitution, or assault on freedoms and personal rights may face up to life in prison. Members of such groups would face up to 10 years in prison.

Article 87 stated that anyone who attempts amending the constitution or the state republican system with force may face at least 10 years to life in prison.

The court is also allowed to acquit suspects if they originally reported the concerned authorities before the crime was implemented.

The ones who promote for such crimes directly or indirectly may face from seven to life in prison or up to 10 years in prison with 100,000 to 500,000 EGP fine. Those who create website online promoting terrorism ideologies may face from five years in prison.

This came following recent attacks on security officers and citizens across Egypt, security checkpoints have been targeted many times since the ousting President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Sinai based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for a number of attacks targeting police and military forces during the past three months.

On Dec. 24, a car bomb exploded at Dakahlia Security Directorate, killing 14 and injuring 134.

One day before the third anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, another car bomb explosion rocked the Cairo Security Directorate on Jan. 24, resulting in four deaths and 76 injuries.

Bayt al-Maqdis, the most active militant group in Egypt, also claimed responsibility for an attack on Jan. 23 on a police checkpoint in Beni Suef that killed five policemen.

The group also claimed responsibility for shooting down a military helicopter in Sinai on Jan. 25.

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