The Egyptian People’s Assembly Plan and Budget Committee, in its Monday session, headed by Saad Al-Husseini, approved a draft law submitted by Ashraf Badr Al-Din, MP for the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the Committee’s Deputy, to raise the value of martyr compensation from 30 to 100 thousand Egyptian pounds (approximately $16,667).
Further, Ashraf Badr Al-Din underscored the need for the law to include martyrs who passed away under torture during the former President Mubarak era, especially since the numbers were small – no more than a hundred martyrs. Meanwhile, Ayman Sadiq, MP for the FJP, demanded that the law should include those injured during the revolution.
Furthermore, the Committee stressed the need for re-examining all laws relevant to its work and which were issued in the period between the parliament dissolved just after the revolution (2010) and the current parliament – a period of almost one full year. These are laws issued by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF).
The committee stated that it has the right to amend or repeal all laws that were issued in the period in question, especially since they include laws that harmed the national economy of the country, and also infringed on the rights of many citizens.
The People’s Assembly also approved the formation of a fact-finding Committee for the recovery of funds smuggled out of the country. This Committee is to include the MPs: Essam El-Erian, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations; and Saad Al-Husseini, Chairman of the Plan and Budget Committee; as well as Mostafa Al-Gendy, the MP who applied for the formation of the Committee; in addition to representatives of Parliamentary Commissions of parties which have more than five MPs in Parliament, namely: Mahmoud Saqqa, for Al-Wafd Party; and Moataz Mahmoud, Al-Horia Party; Shafiq Mohamed Shaheen, Egypt National Party; Adel Shaalan, the Egyptian Citizen Party; Al-Badri Farghali, The National Progressive Unionist Party (Tajammu’a); Nasr Altawansa, Karama Party; Salah Abdul-Maboud, Al-Nour Party; and Hazem Farouk, for the Freedom and Justice Party.