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Egypt’s Legal System Grinds to a Halt 

The Egyptian Bar Association announced an “indefinite” strike to protest the imprisonment of six colleagues for a brawl with clerks earlier this month. On Wednesday, the criminal court of Marsa Matrouh (north-west) sentenced six lawyers to two years in prison following a brawl between them and three court clerks in the coastal city on January 5, according to the state-owned daily al-Ahram. The Egyptian lawyers believe that there was “a clear intention to keep their colleagues in custody without real justification” and denounce a “rush to bring them to trial without taking the time to conduct a real investigation”, according to the statement of their union. The lawyers of the six convicts have appealed the decision and the court is expected to consider their request on Sunday.