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Dismissed prosecutor-general appointed head of Egypt appeal court

Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, Egypt's former Mubarak-era prosecutor-general, takes helm of appeal court after last month's controversial dismissal by President Morsi

Ahram Online, Thursday 6 Dec 2012
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Judge Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, Egypt's former prosecutor-general, was appointed head of Egypt's court of appeal on Thursday upon his request, following weeks of tension with President Mohamed Morsi.

Mahmoud was appointed Egypt's prosecutor-general in 2006 by ousted president Hosni Mubarak. He maintained the position for five months under Morsi, who eventually replaced him with Judge Talaat Abdullah after issuing a constitutional declaration making his decisions impervious to judicial challenge.

Morsi first relieved Mahmoud of his duties in mid-October, but was forced to reverse the decision after Egypt's High Constitutional Court ruled the move unconstitutional. At the time, Mahmoud insisted on finishing his tenure, criticising Morsi for his decision.

Following Morsi's second, successful bid to replace him in November, Mahmoud expressed more willingness to compromise, opting to take up his previous job as head of Egypt's appeal court.

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