Six held in Egypt in connection with assassination of chief prosecutor

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Egypt’s chief prosecutor has ordered the detention of six people suspected of involvement in the assassination of his predecessor last year.

In a Sunday statement, Nabil Sadek’s office ordered the six, who were arrested a day earlier, to be held for 15 days pending investigation.

Most are students at Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s pre-eminent institution for religious learning.

A car bomb killed Hisham Barakat, who oversaw cases against thousands of Islamists, on June 29 as he left his home.

It was the first assassination of a senior Egyptian official in 25 years.

The government responded by pushing through a wide-ranging anti-terrorism law that broadened the definition of terrorism, gave police greater powers of arrest, and tightened restrictions on free speech.

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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