Elderly man sues Min. of Defense to serve in the military
Minister of Defense General Officer Sedky Sobhy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:  A 64-year-old man has sued the Egyptian Minister of Defense and the director of the General Administration of Recruitment and Mobilization over refusing his demand to serve in the military, Youm7 reported Monday.

On Sunday, the Administrative Court set July 5 to hold the first session of the trial. Hrmans Radwan has officially requested to be a member of the military three times in 2013, 2014 and 2015, but his requests were refused in accordance with the Egyptian Recruitment Law.

Article 36 of the Military Law, passed in 1980, stipulates that those who asked to serve in the military shall not be aged above 30. However, this condition may not be applied in case of war, emergency state, mobilization, or upon an order from the President, the article added.

Claiming that Egypt in a state of “war against terrorism,” Radwan has asked to serve in the military, Youm7 quoted his lawyer Ali Ayoub.

The army recruitment in Egypt is mandatory for males; however, a group of women called for applying recruitment to women as well.

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