Public lynchings indicate ‘death of the state’: Egypt justice minister

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Minister of Justice Ahmed Mekki describes recent episode of rough justice in Egypt’s Gharbiya governorate as indication of the state’s demise

AP Ahram Online , Monday 18 Mar 2013
Public lynching is a sign of the state

Egyptian men surround the bodies of two men who were beaten and hung by vigilantes after being accused of theft in Samanod, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) north of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday March 17, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky on Sunday slammed the public lynching of two men accused of theft in Egypt’s Gharbiya governorate, describing the incident as a sign of “the death of the state.”

In statements to the Turkish Anadolu news agency on Sunday, the minister condemned the incident in which village residents applied the ‘Haraba penalty’ of Islamic law by beating two men accused of theft and hanging them from a tree until they died.

The ‘Haraba’ penalty in Islamic Law means the execution or crucifixion of anyone who terrorises or kills others in order to steal from them. According to most Muslim clerics, only the state has the authority to apply the penalty.

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2 Replies to “Public lynchings indicate ‘death of the state’: Egypt justice minister”

  1. Given the Arabicized culture in Egypt and the civil war between those who want some form of democracy and the MB vigilante action is a given. Yes it does indicate the death of the state (in this case) but it also indicates that the civil war is still up in the air, no one controls Egypt thus there are no police to go to for redress of crimes against you. We will continue to see crimes like this until either a strong man takes over or the culture of Egypt change.

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