Part	
  
I	
  

Subject	
  
Criminal	
  lawsuits	
  	
  

Egypt	
  Criminal	
  Procedure	
  Code	
  
	
  
Article	
  	
  
Text	
  of	
  Article	
  
1	
  

The	
  Public	
  Prosecution	
  shall,	
  except	
  in	
  the	
  cases	
  provided	
  for	
  by	
  
law,	
   solely	
   have	
   the	
   jurisdiction	
   of	
   filing	
   and	
   handling	
   criminal	
  
lawsuits.	
  No	
  criminal	
  law	
  suit	
  may	
  be	
  abandoned,	
  suspended	
  or	
  
delayed	
  except	
  in	
  the	
  cases	
  provided	
  for	
  by	
  law	
  	
  

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2	
  

The	
   Attorney	
   General	
   shall,	
   directly	
   or	
   through	
   one	
   of	
   the	
  
members	
  of	
  the	
  Public	
  Prosecution,	
  handle	
  criminal	
  lawsuits	
  as	
  
provided	
   for	
   by	
   law.	
   Other	
   than	
   said,	
   any	
   appointed	
   person,	
  
may,	
   by	
   virtue	
   of	
   the	
   law,	
   undertake	
   the	
   role	
   of	
   the	
   Public	
  
Prosecution.	
  	
  

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3	
  

No	
   criminal	
   lawsuit	
   may	
   be	
   filed	
   unless	
   on	
   the	
   grounds	
   of	
   a	
  
written	
   or	
   oral	
   complaint	
   made	
   by	
   the	
   victim	
   or	
   the	
  
representative	
   thereof	
   to	
   the	
   Public	
   Prosecution	
   or	
   to	
   a	
   judicial	
  
officer	
   for	
   crimes	
   stipulated	
   under	
   articles	
   307,	
   306,	
   303,	
   293,	
  
292,	
  279,	
  277,	
  185	
  and	
  308	
  of	
  the	
  Penal	
  Code	
  and	
  for	
  all	
  other	
  
cases	
   provided	
   for	
   by	
   law.	
   Unless	
   otherwise	
   stated	
   by	
   law,	
   no	
  
complaint	
   may	
   be	
   accepted	
   after	
   the	
   elapse	
   of	
   a	
   three-­‐month	
  
period	
   as	
   of	
   the	
   date	
   the	
   victim	
   is	
   informed	
   of	
   the	
   crime	
   and	
   of	
  
the	
  perpetrator	
  thereof.	
  	
  

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4	
  

In	
  the	
  event	
  there	
  is	
  more	
  than	
  one	
  victim,	
  a	
  complaint	
  made	
  
by	
   one	
   of	
   said	
   shall	
   suffice.	
   In	
   the	
   event	
   there	
   is	
   more	
   than	
   one	
  
person	
   accused	
   and	
   a	
   complaint	
   is	
   made	
   against	
   one	
   of	
   said,	
  
the	
  complaint	
  shall	
  be	
  deemed	
  made	
  against	
  all.	
  

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5	
  

If	
  the	
  victim	
  of	
  a	
  crime	
  is	
  younger	
  than	
  fifteen	
  years	
  of	
  age	
  or	
  is	
  
deemed	
   to	
   be	
   mentally	
   incompetent,	
   the	
   complaint	
   shall	
   be	
  
made	
  by	
  the	
  guardian	
  thereof.	
  If	
  the	
  criminal	
  offense	
  is	
  deemed	
  
a	
   crime	
   on	
   assets,	
   a	
   complaint	
   shall	
   be	
   accepted	
   from	
   the	
  

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