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The controversy surrounding Egypt’s military immunity law

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A lot of controversy is stirring in Egypt since news broke about a new law approved in principle by parliament. This law grants immunity to some former military leaders and gives them the benefits and privileges of ministers; the State President is also given the right to add any other allowances. In addition to exempting these office holders from any legal accountability for the acts they committed during the period when the Constitution was suspended — the period following 3 July 2013 — they have also been granted protection on an international level by providing those who travel outside of the country with the diplomatic immunity usually provided to the heads and members of diplomatic missions abroad.

The law came as a surprise, and was not preceded by any indications, discussions or dialogue at any political or parliamentary level, or even in the media. Instead, it appeared suddenly and was passed quickly. It took barely two days for it to come before parliament and be approved, raising several questions as to why.

Mohamed Anwar Sadat, MP, the head of the Reform and Development Party, issued a statement containing a number of questions, all of which are being asked in Egypt now. What........

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