Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exclusive In Photos : Egypt's Sisi pledges stricter laws after murder of top prosecutor

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

A handout photo of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, center, speaks at the funeral for Hisham Barakat, surrounded by his family members, Tuesday, 30 June, 2015


Family, El-Sisi and public officials bid farewell to Egypt's slain prosecutor Hisham Barakat


The wife of the Egyptian Prosecutor General who was killed in bomb attack a day earlier, right, and his daughter Marwa Barakat hold hands before his funeral in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has vowed to amend laws in Egypt within days to achieve "rapid justice" against militants a day after the assassination of the country's top public prosecutor.

"Swift justice is chained to laws," El-Sisi said in televised remarks to reporters as he left a military funeral for Hisham Barakat, whose convoy was struck by a car bomb attack on Monday.


An ambulance carrying the body of Egypt's slain chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat is surrounded by policemen and mourners moving to his funeral in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The president said criminal laws will be adjusted "within days" to "confront the developments we are facing."

"We will make amendments to laws so we can achieve justice in the swiftest possible time," El-Sisi said.


The widow of Egypt's slain chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat receives condolences from mourners who wait to take his body to his funeral in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, judges and other public officials joined the family of slain prosecutor Hisham Barakat in an honorary military funeral on Tuesday

In the absence of parliament, President El-Sisi has wielded legislative authority.


Pall bearers carry the body of slain Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat who was killed in bomb attack a day earlier, during his burial at a cemetery in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The assassination of 65-year-old Barakat is the first of a high-ranking state official since the July 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.


Mourners, many from the judiciary, attend the burial of slain Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat who was killed in bomb attack a day earlier, at a cemetery in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The killing of Barakat could signal a new escalation in an Islamist insurgency unleashed by Morsi's removal and a subsequent government crackdown on his supporters.


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) and government ministers attend Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat's military funeral service at the Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi Mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, in this June 30, 2015

Several thousand Islamists have received prison terms, and hundreds sentenced to death in a number of mass trials, over violence related charges.


In this picture provided by the office of the Egyptian Presidency, a military carriage draws the flag draped coffin of Hisham Barakat, the top judicial official in charge of overseeing the prosecution of thousands of Islamists, including former President Mohammed Morsi, at his funeral in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, was sentenced to death earlier this month over incitement of murder charges in a mass jailbreak case in 2011.


The coffin with the body of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat is carried during his military funeral service at the Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi Mosque in Cairo, Egypt, in this June 30, 2015

However, the president said that up until now "not a single exceptional measure has been taken" in reference to the government's use of its current laws in its fight against terrorism.


In this picture provided by the office of the Egyptian Presidency, a military procession accompanies the casket of Hisham Barakat, the top judicial official in charge of overseeing the prosecution of thousands of Islamists, including former President Mohammed Morsi, at his funeral in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

El-Sisi said the judiciary would not wait for years to prosecute militants, adding that they give orders for their deadly attacks "from inside their [prison] cages."


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) speaks to the media near the family of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat after Barakat's military funeral service at the Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi Mosque in Cairo, Egypt, in this June 30, 2015

"If a death sentence or a life term is handed down, it will be implemented."

Verdicts meted out against Islamists can be appealed in a process that could take years to reach a final verdict.

Egypt's constitution allows the president to issue pardons after a ruling is final.


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (5th L) and government ministers attend during Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat's military funeral service at the Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi Mosque in Cairo, Egypt, in this June 30, 2015

El-Sisi has repeatedly said he cannot intervene in court procedures, stressing that doing so would undermine judicial independence.