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Egypt imposes strict anti-terrorism laws

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Cairo: Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has approved stringent new counter-terrorism laws to fight growing insurgency in the country, a media report said on Monday.The laws establish special courts and offer additional protection from legal consequences for military and police officers who have used force. They also impose the death penalty for anyone found guilty of setting up or leading a terrorist group, BBC reported.

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Under the new laws being introduced on Monday trials for suspected militants will be fast-tracked through special courts. Anyone found guilty of joining a militant group could face 10 years in prison; financing terrorist groups will also carry a penalty of life in prison (25-year term); inciting violence or creating websites deemed to spread terror messages will carry sentences of five to seven years; journalists can be fined between 200,000 and 500,000 Egyptian pounds ($25,550-$63,870) for contradicting official accounts of militant attacks.

When the initial draft of the law was amended in June, it led to a domestic and international outcry after it initially called for a two-year prison sentence, Al Ahram reported.

In February, Sisi had signed another anti-terrorism law that gave authorities sweeping powers to ban groups on charges ranging from harming national unity to disrupting public order.

Some legal experts have argued that several articles of the law could be easily dubbed unconstitutional.

Amid criticism, Ibrahim El-Heneidy, parliamentary affairs and transitional justice minister, defended the government’s right to frame such a law given Egypt’s “war against terrorism”.

(IANS)

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Excavations in Egypt’s Sinai Helped Archaeologists Discover Ancient Workshop

Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism.

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This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, shows an ancient workshop to build and repair ships, dating back to the Ptolemaic era in the country's Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. VOA

Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered an ancient workshop used to build and repair ships that dates back to the Ptolemaic era (332 B.C.-30 B.C.) in the Sinai Peninsula.

The Antiquities Ministry says Tuesday that excavations took place in the Tel Abu Saifi archaeological site in Northern Sinai. The site is said to have been the location of the Roman fortress of Silla.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the workshop includes two dry dockyards where ships were built or repaired.

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Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism. Pixabay

The Greco-Roman period in Egypt spans from its fall to Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. to the Islamic conquest in the 7th century.

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Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism, which suffered a major setback during the unrest that followed the 2011 uprising. (VOA)