Egypt approves stringent new counter-terrorism laws

Egypt has approved stringent new counter-terrorism laws to fight the menace of growing jihadist insurgency in the country.

These laws were approved by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

The new laws propose

  • Establishment of special courts to fast-track trials for suspected militants.
  • Provides additional legal protection for Police and Military Officers involved in counter-terrorism operations.
  • Impose stringent punishment of death penalty on terrorists found guilty of setting up or leading a terrorist group.
  • Anyone found guilty of joining a terrorist group can face up to 10 years in prison. While those involved in financing terrorist groups get a penalty of life in prison for 25 years.
  • Guilty person in case of creating websites deemed to spread terrorist messages or inciting violence will face sentence of five to seven years.
  • If Journalists fail for contradicting official accounts of militant attacks they can be fined between 2 and 5 lakh Egyptian pounds.

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