Egypt’s Sisi pledges tougher laws after prosecutor killing

Egypt’s Sisi pledges tougher laws after prosecutor killing

At the funeral of prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat, who was killed in a car bombing in Cairo, President Sisi says law will be amended to allow the government to implement justice as soon as possible.

By (AFP)

Published: Tue 30 Jun 2015, 5:42 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:07 PM

Pall bearers carry the body of slain Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat during his burial at a cemetery in Cairo. -AP

Cairo - A visibly angry Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi pledged tougher laws against militants at the funeral on Tuesday of top prosecutor Hisham Barakat, assassinated in a Cairo car bombing.

“The arm of justice is chained by the law. We’re not going to wait for this. We’re going to amend the law to allow us to implement justice as soon as possible,” Sisi said in a televised speech surrounded by Barakat’s mourning relatives.

Barakat died of his wounds in hospital hours after a powerful car bomb tore through his convoy in an upscale Cairo district on Monday morning.

He was the most senior official assassinated since militants launched an insurgency following the 2013 overthrow of president Mohammed Mursi led by Sisi, who was then defence minister.

“Do courts in these circumstances work? Do these laws work? They work with normal people,” said Sisi, shaking a clenched fist for emphasis.

Barakat’s assassination has come as a blow to the president, who won elections last year pledging to wipe out militants.

Hundreds of policemen and soldiers have been killed in the insurgency based in the sparsely populated Sinai Peninsula. The Daesh group’s affiliate there has claimed responsibility for the deadliest attacks.

At least 1,400 people, most of them Mursi supporters, have been killed in a police crackdown on protests.

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