The Egyptian Peoples' Army agreed on October 4 to extend for another year the emergency powers introduced last October after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.
CAIRO, EGYPT 4 OCTOBER, 1982 (VISNEWS - MOHAMAD FAHMY)
GV EXTERIOR People's Assembly building, Cairo
GV PAN INTERIOR Members of Peoples' Assembly seated in chamber
SCU Suff Abu Taleb, speaker, opening discussion and speaking. (ARABIC SOT)
SCU Premier Fuad Moheiddin. (on left)
SCU Abu Basha, Interior Minister, arguing in favour of motion
SCU PULL BACK TO SV Ibrahim Shukri, leader of opposition parties, arguing against law.
GV PAN Voting
Background: The Egyptian Peoples' Army agreed on October 4 to extend for another year the emergency powers introduced last October after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. The laws giving the authorities the right to detain suspects for up to six months without trail were announced a few hours after Moslem fundamentalists shot Mr. Sadat. Prime Minister Fuad Moheiddin told the Assembly that the government would only use the powers to fight terrorism. He stressed that most people arrested under the emergency powers in the past year had since been released. Interior Minister Hassan Abu Basha told deputies that a foreign force was responsible for directing, financing and planning terrorism in collaboration with Egyptian terrorists. The minister did not name the foreign force. Mr. Ibrahim Shukri, leader of the opposition parties, sounded a discordant note in the debate when he said the reasons for imposing the laws no longer existed. Mr. Shukri said application of the criminal law was sufficient. According to the Middle East News Agency (MENA), 145 detainees are currently awaiting trial under the emergency laws, all of them members of the outlawed Jihad (holy struggle) organisation. Last month, 58 members of a Moslem organisation were arrested for attempting to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak's government by force.