CAIRO - Egyptian activists and
politicians accused the ruling military leaders of breaking a
promise to end emergency law, after authorities said they would
reintroduce special security courts following an attack on the
Eight months after protesters toppled President Hosni
Mubarak and the military took power on an interim basis, many
supporters of the protest movement say they are concerned that
the military rulers are backsliding on reform pledges.
Ending emergency law, seen as a tool of Mubarak's
repression, has long been a key demand.
Egypt's military rulers said they would try suspects in
emergency state security courts. Emergency law would now apply
in cases such as blocking of roads, publishing false information
and weapons possession, they said.
The measures add to a list of developments that activists
say worry them, including the banning of cameras from important
trials including that of Mubarak himself, and the army's failure
so far to set a firm date for a parliamentary election.