Egypt's Sisi promises tougher legal system at prosecutor's funeral

June 30, 2015 17:47
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CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday attended the funeral of Egypt's top public prosecutor killed by a car bomb on the previous day, and said he would within days reveal legal reforms that would allow a tougher line against militants.

Public prosecutor Hisham Barakat was the most senior Egyptian official to be killed in years, and Monday's attack has cast doubt on Egypt's ability to contain an Islamist insurgency that is picking increasingly high-profile targets.

Earlier this month, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the ancient Egyptian Karnak Temple in the southern city of Luxor, a major attraction in Egypt where tourism is vital to its economy.

Sisi led the procession at Barakat's military funeral held at a mosque on the outskirts of Cairo. At a ceremony attended by senior government and religious officials and members of Barakat's family, Sisi said the militant threat in Egypt demanded urgent legal reforms.

"The hand of justice is tied by laws... We will not wait for that," he said in comments broadcast on state television.

"We will not sit for five or 10 years putting on trial the people who kill us."

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