US presses Egypt to scrap emergency law before 2012

September 29, 2011 00:58


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WASHINGTON - The United States said on Wednesday it hoped Egypt would scrap its emergency law sooner than June 2012, saying this was important to the rule of law and to respecting the rights of Egyptians.

Egypt's military rulers, who took over in February after a popular revolt ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, last week said the law would remain in place until June of next year in keeping with a timeline set by by the former president.

The law, widely seen as a tool of Mubarak's repression and despised by many of the activists who helped topple him, was reactivated two days after a Sept. 9 attack by protesters on the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

Three people were killed and 1,049 injured in clashes around the Cairo tower block housing the Israeli embassy, established after Egypt in 1979 became the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel.

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