News

Egypt’s Justice Minister Proposes Legislation to Penalize Parents of Terrorists

Egypt’s Justice Minister Proposes Legislation to Penalize Parents of Terrorists

Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zend condemned the incident as criminal
Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zend condemned the incident as criminal

Egypt’s Minster of Justice, Ahmed al-Zend, has proposed to change the controversial anti-terrorism law in order to allow the prosecution of parents or guardians of youngsters who join terrorist organizations, privately-owned al-Masry al-Youm reports.

“Whoever leaves their son or anyone under their care without checking what he’s up to or his whereabouts is considered an accomplice in the crime,” the minister said during a visit to Kuwait.

The minister’s visit was aimed at holding bilateral discussions regarding areas of cooperation between Egypt and Kuwait. One area discussed was methods to effectively combat terrorism in the two countries.

The proposed amendments to Egypt’s anti-terrorism law would be followed by similar changes to Kuwaiti laws on terrorism, al-Zend said.

Explaining the rationale behind the new legislation, the Egyptian minister said that putting responsibility on the parents or guardians of young people who join terrorist organizations would give the guardians more control. This would, in turn, make recruitment efforts by terrorist groups more difficult.

Commenting on terrorist groups’ recruitment attempts, al-Zend went on to explain, “We should not tire of pursuing them, as they are the enemies of humanity, development and civilization.”

On his part, Kuwaiti Minister of Justic Yaaqoub Al-Sanei said that Kuwait and Egypt are seeking to strengthen judicial and legal cooperation between the two countries as part of a broader effort to combat terrorism.

Egypt’s anti-terrorism law was approved by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in August 2015, when the country had not yet elected a parliament following the overthrow of former Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president Mohamed Morsi in early July 2013.

The law defines a terrorist group as consisting of “at least three people which aims to commit one or more terrorist crimes, or for which terrorism is one of the means used to achieve its criminal purposes.” It also criminalizes “incitement to commit a terrorist crime” for which the perpetrator will be punished “with the same penalty as though the terrorist crime was carried out.”

The law has been criticized for shielding law enforcement personnel from accountability and impeding journalists from reporting on suspected terrorist attacks that contradict official government statements. Critics have also pointed out that the law has too broad of a definition of terrorist acts, including “harming national unity and social peace.”

Egypt's Union of Media Women Nominated for German Award One Year After Launch
Egypt's Parliament Passes Motion to Revoke Controversial MP Tawfik Okasha's Membership

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt Starts With a Victory as Host of the 2021 Handball World Championship

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 14, 2021

Haneen Hossam and Mawada Al Adham Resume Detention Over Human Trafficking Charges

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 14, 2021

Haneen Hossam ‘Not Guilty’ of ‘Violating Family Values’, Mawada Al Adham’s Prison Sentence Overturned

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2021

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia Fail to Reach Final Agreement for GERD: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 11, 2021

108,000+ Egyptians Fined for Not Wearing Face Masks

Noran Alaa MorsiJanuary 9, 2021

What You Need to Know: Egypt’s Vaccine Distribution Plan

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 8, 2021

Egypt’s Public Prosecution Orders Release of Seif Bedour and Nazli Karim

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 6, 2021

Egypt Signs Reconciliation Agreement with Qatar

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 5, 2021