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Morsi dismisses Mubarak-era prosecutor general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud
Morsi offloads unpopular prosecutor general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud by sending him to Vatican as public anger rises over Battle of Camel aquittals
Ahram Online, Thursday 11 Oct 2012
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Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday evening removed Mubarak-era Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud from the post he has held since 2006.

Morsi appointed Mahmoud ambassador to the Vatican.

The dismissal of Abdel-Meguid has been one of the major demands of pro-revolution forces since the ousting of former president Mubarak in February 2011.

Anger at the outgoing prosecutor general has steadily increased over the past two years with the failure of state prosecutors to win any major case against police officers charged with killing unarmed protesters during the 2011 uprising and afterwards.

The president doesn't have the power under the Egyptian legal system to dismiss the prosecutor general from office but the latter has the right to ask to be relieved from his duties.

Speaking to reporters minutes after the president issued his decision, Ahmed Abdel-Ati, director of the president's office, refused answer questions on whether the president has the power to dismiss prosecutor generals or not, maintaining only that Morsi appointed Mahmoud envoy to the Vatican.

The president's move follows the outbreak of public anger over the acquittal by Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday of prominent Mubarak-era officials and personalities charged with orchestrating the famous Battle of the Camel attack on Tahrir.

Twenty-one protesters were killed and hundreds injured during the Battle of the Camel attack, when plain-clothed assailants, some on horse and camelback, violently attacked a sit-in on the flashpoint square in February 2011.

Thousands of protesters mobilised by various leftist and liberal parties and movements were set to head to the iconic square on Friday to demand Morsi sack Mahmoud as well as pressure Morsi to fulfill other outstanding democratic and social justice grievances.

The protests had been called last Saturday but gained momentum after the Wednesday full aquittal verdict.

In a last minute change of heart, the Muslim Brotherhood, where Morsi hails from, which had not endorsed the Friday mobilisation decided to also go to Tahrir but limit their members to calls for justice in the Battle of Camel case.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Muslim Brotherhood demanded that the general prosecutor either present incriminating evidence against the perpetrators of the attack or resign.

The Freedom and Justice Party - the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm - quoted on its official facebook page Fouad Gadallah, the president's legal advisor, saying that the president didn't sack or dismiss Mahmoud, but merely reappointed him "to serve the country."

Senior officials in the Hosni Mubarak regime were among those exonerated by the court, including former minister of information and chairman of the Shura Council Safwat El-Sherif, MP of Mubarak's now-defunct National Democratic Party Mohamed Abul-Enein and former parliament speaker Fathi Sorour. The ex-minister of labour power Aisha Abdel-Hadi was also in the dock.

 

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Aladdin, Egypt
13-10-2012 05:36am
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Dictatorship
It is one of the sign of Brotherhood dictatorship. Egypt has no constitution and Pres. Morsi has no right to interfer with judicial system. It is a big mess in Egypt now.
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Karim
12-10-2012 03:28pm
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Morsi is modern Mubarak!
Nothing have changed. And nothing will change. The people deserve their rulers even if Mubarak or Morsi. With such level (low) of educated people it is difficult to build democratical state, where everobody respect the rule of law. I want to say a lot, but.....
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Hani Booz
12-10-2012 01:25pm
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Name and Shame.
Who appointed the Prosecutor General in 2006?Why he did not resign on his on accord after the revolution and mass killing of the youth.He failed to get justice for our nation.Those judges who support him aren't they the same judges who were forced by Fathi Sorrour to participated in the last Mubarak forged election? On the other hand we need to build our country on independent justice system with no corruption ,nepotism, abuse of power and outside interfering.This the dilemma for the President and his Prime minister and the future Parliament.
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Modern_Humaniora
12-10-2012 10:35am
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"Mahmoud ambassador to the Vatican"
I believe this is an excellent appointment ...
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Nora
12-10-2012 02:57am
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Clean and disinfect
Great Move by President Morsi. 30 years of corruptions that touched all aspects of the society, including judges, news paper, press and educational system. Abdel-Meguid was an agent for Mubarak's men. May Allah helps our President clean and disinfect the system.
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Timmy
12-10-2012 01:50am
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Not true
Seham it is not the presidents right, that would mean the president could control the courts WHICH DICTATORSHIP
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Ahmad
12-10-2012 12:24am
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Its a gameee
after what guys....when the dust is gone none of them convicted....its a gaaammmmmeeee
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Timmy
11-10-2012 10:52pm
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Muslim brotherhood
The muslim brotherhood just want complete power, it is illegal for the brotherhood to dismiss the prosecuter this is not LAW its lawlesness dont beleive the MB lies. The case failed as there was no evidence and that is why there is an appeal system
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Seham
11-10-2012 09:56pm
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You need to know who wants to deny justice
ON MISR 25 CHANNEL today and before Dr.Morsi's decision with removal of General prosecutor to another position , a JUDGE from Alexandria called and confirmed that president Sadat did that before and under Constitution and it is the president right ,After the decision a lot of judges said it is against law those judges before too refused to deal with the committee appointed by Dr.Morsi to investigate Revolution killings cases to bring more evidences WE need stop corruption among judges who wants to deny justice We ca not trust them if they are unfair
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Mark
12-10-2012 10:18am
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Impartial?
Misr 25 the source of impartial news. Interviewing bearded lawyers to get their opinions on current events is too funny that's all Ikhwan seem to be is lawyers lots of practice defending their illeagal activities

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