Members of Egypt's General Prosecution on Thursday called for the resignation of Prosecutor-General Talaat Ibrahim – recently appointed by President Mohamed Morsi – and the dismissal of Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki due to what they described as "threats" by the two men against General Prosecution judges.
The move comes following a recent decision by Ibrahim to transfer East Cairo District Attorney Moustafa Khater to the Upper Egyptian city of Beni Suef. Khater's transfer came after he ordered the release of scores of people detained during last week's clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents outside the presidential palace in Cairo. Ibrahim later reversed the transfer decision.
According to Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website, a judicial source said that Khater's decision to release 137 of those accused of taking part in the clashes – reportedly due to a lack of evidence – was the reason for his transfer by the new Morsi-appointed prosecutor-general.
Members of the prosecution also called for the resignation of Zaghloul El-Balshi, head of the justice ministry's judicial inspection office. El-Balshi also heads the committee tasked with overseeing Saturday's contentious constitutional poll.
Prosecution judges further recommended that the judicial inspection office be transferred from the auspices of the justice ministry to Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council.
Members of the prosecution met at the Egyptian Judges Club in downtown Cairo on Thursday, where they declared their intention to stage a sit-in on Monday if their recommendations were not carried out.