Military-backed conference urges special courts for protester killings

A military-backed conference on Tuesday called for devoting some Egyptian courts to solely trying those charged with killing protesters during the revolution.

Brigadier General Mohamed al-Ghobashy, a member of the National Accord Conference's armed forces committee, also criticized the release of policemen accused of killing protesters in Suez Governorate.

The Suez Criminal Court on Monday ruled to release 14 policemen pending investigations and adjourned their trial to September.

Ghobashy called on the ruling military council to task the justice minister with establishing court divisions specifically for trials of those accused of killing protesters. He also warned against postponing trials, which he said foments chaos.

He accused Interior Ministry leaders loyal to former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly of responsibility for the security failure.

The committee issued several recommendations, such as naming streets, squares and schools after protesters killed during the revolution.

It also recommended fighting administrative corruption, criminalizing the disbursal of bonuses from the state budget surplus and setting bonuses given to the board of directors.

The committee also called for implementing Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s decision to form a fact-finding committee on foreign finances of some associations.

It also recommended issuing a law to ban people with dual citizenship from positions related to national security, ministerial portfolios and parliamentary committees until they renounce the other nationality.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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