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Egypt: Military trials of civilians: a catalogue of human rights violations

, Index number: MDE 12/016/1993

Against a background of increasing political violence, this report examines the role of military courts and concerns that such trials are unfair. These concerns include the lack of independence and competence of such courts, the failure to allow prompt and regular access to a lawyer of one's choice and adequate time for preparation of the defence, the lack of right to appeal, and the use of the death penalty. It also reports on the alleged torture of defendants, including details of 13 such cases. It examines the vague and broad nature of the new laws against terrorism, and the practice of dividing cases into separate trials of sub-groups of defendants.

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