Egyptian Court: Military Cannot Arrest Civilians
Court overturns decree from earlier this month
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2012 11:09 AM CDT
An Egyptian supporter of the new president-elect, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi chants slogans in Cairo's Tahrir Square on June 24, 2012.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Egyptian army can no longer arrest civilians, a court ruled today. The court overturned a controversial government decree, issued before this month's presidential run-off vote, that gave the military such power. It's a blow for the military as it prepares to transition power over to newly elected President Mohamed Morsi, Reuters notes, but a victory for the rights activists and others who saw it as the revival of a similarly controversial emergency law.