Egyptians held by army during vote to face civil courts

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:41 PM 
An anti-Mursi protester with an Egyptian flag around his shoulders talks to soldiers standing guard outside the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo December 9, 2012. A concession offered by President Mohamed Mursi failed to placate opponents who accused him on Sunday of plunging Egypt deeper into crisis by refusing to postpone a vote on a constitution shaped by Islamists. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Anyone arrested by the military during Egypt's referendum on a new constitution will face civil rather than military courts, the presidency said on Tuesday after the army was given powers of arrest during the vote period.

"Individuals arrested under these powers must be remanded to the office of the prosecutor and are tried before civilian courts, if the prosecutor recommends trial," the presidency said in a statement after rights groups criticised the arrest powers granted by President Mohamed Mursi.

"Rumours have circulated that the law allows for civilians to be referred to military courts and this law does not, in any way, allow for civilians to be tried before military courts," it said in a note explaining the army's role that will last until results are declared after Saturday's referendum.

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