Sissi says Egypt not to delay ‘speedy justice’, hangings

GERMAN PRESS AGENCY - DPA
CAIRO
Published 30.06.2015 16:24
In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, provided by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi waves during a visit to the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt (AP Photo)
In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, provided by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi waves during a visit to the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt (AP Photo)

Egypt can no longer allow the law to delay "speedy justice," including the implementation of outstanding death penalties, said Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi Tuesday as he led the mourning at the funeral of the country's chief prosecutor, killed in a bomb blast the previous day.

Surrounded by the family of slain Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat, al-Sissi said that "speedy justice" was "fettered by the law."

The criminal procedures law would be amended "within days" to ensure that justice would be carried out as quickly as possible, he said.

"We won't spend five or 10 years trying the people who are killing us," al-Sissi said, adding: "We will respect the law, but we'll make it a law that confronts [terrorism]."

Speaking after he led a procession of mourners at Barakat's military funeral, al-Sissi vowed that all sentences issued by the courts would be implemented.

"We are implementing the law. If a death sentence is passed, it will be implemented. If a life sentence is issued, it will be implemented," al-Sissi said.

Also speaking at the funeral, Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zend said that the courts' summer recess would be cancelled to ensure that ongoing trials were finished as quickly as possible.

Dozens of death sentences have been handed down to leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and to persons accused of attacks on the police since al-Sissi, the then army chief, ousted the country's first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

Earlier this month, Morsi himself and other top Brotherhood leaders were sentenced to hang for their alleged role in jailbreaks during the 2011 uprising against Hosny Mubarak.

It is as yet unclear who was responsible for the killing of Barakat, whose convoy was hit by a powerful car bomb as he made his way to work through northern Cairo on Monday morning.

Barakat is the most senior figure to have fallen victim to a string of attacks on security officials since Morsi's ouster.

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