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Egypt Raises Security Level to ‘Maximum Alert’ After Morsi Sentenced to Death

Egypt Raises Security Level to ‘Maximum Alert’ After Morsi Sentenced to Death

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The Egyptian state is raising the alert level to the maximum across all security headquarters in the country, a high level security official said on Saturday.

The decision comes shortly after a Cairo court referred ousted president Mohamed Mursi to the Grand Mufti on Saturday, a step that must be taken in Egypt’s court system ahead of issuing a death sentence.

Interior Minister Magdi Abdel Ghaffar gave orders to declare a “state of emergency”, by which all vacations and breaks are cancelled and to raise preparedness within all sectors of the ministry, the source told state news agency MENA.

Security measures in vital facilities have been reinforced, he added. Likewise, security presence in major squares and streets has been strengthened.

Hours after today’s court decision, gunmen opened fire on a vehicle in North Sinai’s al-Arish city, killing three prosecutors and a driver.

In response, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered providing judges with the necessary protection, especially those working in areas suffering from “violence and terrorism”, a statement from his office read.

Also after the court ruling, Essam al-Amir, the chairman of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union ordered raising the alert level inside all buildings belonging to the public broadcaster, “in case of any violence.”

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  • marty greencheeks

    tell you the truth nobody seems to give a crap , this sort of stuff is common in muslim countries

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  • Commander_Chico

    With good reason – Morsi was elected in a fair and open election. I would expect people to be angry.

    • Quetzalcoatl

      Exactly!

    • He did not win. They swapped the votes between Morsi and Shafiq, because Hillary Clinton threatened the SCAF with information she got about the Egyptian army’s financial situation from the CIA, via El Baradei. The election was hardly fair and open also. In the last minute all people working in resort towns + Christians were prevented from voting.

      Anyway, so lets say even if he did win and he was elected in a fair an open election, he lost his legitimacy. There is such a thing for an elected leader to lose his legitimacy. There was nothing in the Constitution to provide for impeachment, so the people took to the streets to impeach him.

      So no mater how you look at it, if the election was free and open or not, he sucked! He broke the law, and he violated the constitution, even the new one he made. He lost all legitimacy even “if” he once had it (which he didn’t). That is what people do not get, that an elected president can lose his legitimacy!

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