Court cancels ruling banning bearded officer from duty
Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Administrative Court canceled a ruling by Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim which   referring a police officer to the reserves  as punishment for refusing to shave his beard, Youm7 reported Sunday night.

Officer Yasser Mohamed started  growing his beard March 2012 against police regulations, and the Interior Ministry initially ruled that he had breached his duty to “keep his disciplinarian appearance,” Youm7 reported.

According to Youm7, the court said in its decision that the authorities choose to apply disciplinary  rules over the officer, which means that he didn’t do anything that could harm the ‘public interests or security'; and that so the ministry shouldn’t refer him to the “reserves.”

Some Muslim men feel that growing a beard is religiously mandated, however, in Egyptian society there is also a perception that bearded men may affiliated with Islamists or political Islamic currents.

A number of officers have previously demanded to be allowed grow their beard; Interior Ministry rules, however, enforce a strict ban on facial hair for members for members of the police or military.

In February 2014 10 police officers were completely dismissed from reserves for letting their beards grow, and defying the law, Al-Wafd reported.


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