Court panel recommends police officers be allowed to grow beards

A commissioners panel at the Supreme Administrative Court recommended on Sunday that police officers be granted the right to grow beards.

The opinion is not binding on the court, which has yet to issue its final verdict.

In March, former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim demoted 17 police officers for growing beards in violation of the ministry's rules governing officers' appearances.

The officers, saying that dozens of other policemen had been suspended for the same reason, filed a lawsuit challenging the decision.

Administrative courts in Alexandria, Beheira and Tanta all ruled against the Interior Ministry’s decision last year, while the Cairo Administrative Court upheld the disciplinary measures in July.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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