41 judges sent to retirement for "unlawfully engaging in politics" in support of Mursi

Saturday 14-03-2015 03:44 PM
41 judges sent to retirement for

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi at the Supreme Constitutional Court - Reuters


CAIRO, Mar 14 (Aswat Masriya) - A disciplinary council sent to retirement on Saturday 31 judges accused of unlawfully engaging in politics and supporting a certain political faction, while it turned down the case against 25 other judges.

Judge Mohamed Shereen referred in October 2014 60 judges to the disciplinary council, accusing them of signing a statement supporting ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi during the pro-Mursi Rabaa al-Adawiya camp on July 24, 2013.

The camp was set up to demonstrate support for Mursi's administration in late June 2013 and was maintained following his ouster on July 3 and until its forcible dispersal on August 14, 2013.

Three of the referred judges have resigned from their positions, while the fourth has passed away, a judicial source said.

The disciplinary council also sent 10 other judges to retirement in a separate case, and turned down the case against five others. The 15 judges were accused of forming the Judges for Egypt movement, which is accused of supporting Mursi.

Supreme Election Committee Head Nabil Salib mandated Judge Shereen in July 2013 to investigate 75 judges who signed a statement entitled "the independence current". The judges were accused of interfering in politics and violating the judicial authority law.

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