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CAIRO ALLOWS POLICEMEN TO GROW BEARDS

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An Egyptian court on 19 February ruled that policemen may grow beards. Dozens of police officers were suspended from work in February for breaking the de facto ban on beards introduced under deposed President Hosni Mubarak. They had protested outside the Interior Ministry, calling on President Mohamed Morsi to secure their reinstatement. Cairo’s High Administrative Court rejected a request by the Interior Ministry to let it suspend officers who defied the unwritten rule. “The court ruled ... that police officers have the right to grow beards,” judge Maher Abu el-Enin said. During Mubarak’s rule bearded people were barred from senior government posts. The decision backed a similar ruling by a lower court and the decision makes the verdict final.



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