Egypt rebuffs US criticism of emergency law

May 12, 2010 16:07

CAIRO— Egypt's foreign minister has dismissed US criticism of Cairo's decision to extend its three-decade-old emergency law as "overly politicized."

Ahmed Aboul Gheit says the US stance reflects an ignorance of the "real situation" in Egypt. He said Wednesday that the US criticism was aimed for an audience of Western media and rights groups.

Egypt's parliament on Tuesday extended the law, which has been in place since 1981. It gives Egyptian authorities broad powers of arrest and allows indefinite detention without charge.

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