Egypt tightens security laws to crack down on Morsi supporters

Egypt tightens security laws to crack down on Morsi supporters
# 04 April 2014 02:21 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Egypt's military-installed government has boosted punishment for what it calls terrorist offences by increasing the number of crimes that fall into this category, APA reports quoting Press TV.

In a fresh wave of crackdown on dissent, the authorities said on Thursday that they have strengthened punishments for what they described as acts of terrorism.

Egypt’s Justice Minister Nayer Abdel-Moneim Othman said more tribunals tracking so-called terrorism-related cases would be set up.

"The amendments have broadened the definition of terrorism," media outlets quoted Othman as saying, adding, "They reflect what is happening now and take into consideration many things that have changed in the past three years."

Othman went on to describe the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, as a “burden to the country's security.”

Egypt’s military-backed rulers have tightened security laws, targeting supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The interim government has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood by banning the group. Thousands of its members have been also arrested.

Figures show Egypt’s military-backed government has jailed nearly 16,000 people over the past few months.

Meanwhile, Egyptian protesters have been demanding Morsi’s reinstatement and calling for the release of Brotherhood activists.

Morsi's ouster has sparked violent protests in which hundreds of Egyptians have been killed.

Amnesty International recently criticized Egyptian authorities for using an “unprecedented scale” of violence against protesters and dealing “a series of damaging blows to human rights.”

According to the UK-based rights group, 1,400 people have been killed in the political violence since Morsi’s ouster in July last year, "most of them due to excessive force used by security forces."

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