Gag order issued over Egypt top prosecutor's assassination

Thursday 02-07-2015 02:36 PM
Gag order issued over Egypt top prosecutor's assassination

CAIRO, Jul 2 (Aswat Masriya) - Egypt's public prosecution issued on Thursday a gag order prohibiting media outlets from covering updates on the case of assassinated prosecutor general Hisham Barakat until investigation into his death is concluded.

Media outlets would only be allowed to cover prosecution's statements on the case, as per the order issued by the prosecutor general's office.

Late Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat died in hospital on Monday after a bomb targeted his motorcade, making him the first top official to be assassinated in Egypt since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July 2013, following mass protests against his rule.

Local and global condemnations for Barakat's assassination quickly poured in, from the White House, France and the United Nations, among others.

Barakat was appointed as Egypt's prosecutor general in July 2013, shortly after Mursi's ouster. He replaced Talaat Abdallah, whose appointment as top prosecutor by Muslim Brotherhood politician and then-president Mohamed Mursi in November 2012 prompted nationwide protests.  

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