Egypt to join ICC: foreign minister

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi said on Tuesday that his country is to join the International Criminal Court, as post-revolution Egypt works to become a "legally constituted state".

"Egypt is currently taking the required steps to join all United Nations agreements on human rights and to join the International Criminal Court," Arabi said during a joint press conference in Cairo with visiting German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle.

He said Egypt was working hard to become a "legally constituted state" after the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak on February 11.

Mubarak is under arrest in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he fled with his family during the popular uprising that toppled his regime.

His two sons, Alaa and Gamal, and dozens of senior former regime figures are in prison or being investigated over allegations of violence against protesters and corruption.

"I think the events that have taken place in Egypt in recent days and the arrest of senior officials is evidence that the state wishes to follow the rule of law... domestically and internationally," Arabi said.

Nationwide protests that erupted on January 25 and forced Mubarak to step down saw power transferred to a ruling military council that has vowed to pave the way for a free and democratic society.

© 2011 AFP

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