Egypt court allows policemen to grow Islamic beards

By REUTERS
February 20, 2013 17:15

 
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CAIRO - An Egyptian court ruled on Wednesday that policemen may grow beards, ending a decades-old convention barring them from making what is often seen here as a display of Islamic piety.

Dozens of police officers were suspended from work in February for breaking the de facto ban on beards introduced under deposed President Hosni Mubarak. They had protested outside the Interior Ministry, calling on Islamist President Mohamed Morsi - who is bearded himself - to secure their reinstatement. 

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