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FJP questions court verdict dismissing prosecutor-general

Freedom and Justice Party says it respects judicial ruling on prosecutor-general but asserts President Morsi’s decision was legitimate under the constitution

Ahram Online, Thursday 28 Mar 2013
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The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has questioned the legal basis for Wednesday’s court ruling that overturned President Morsi’s dismissal of former prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud.

“According to the [new] constitution, which was approved by nearly two-thirds of Egyptian voters, the [current] prosecutor-general is immune from dismissal,” the party's media advisor Mourad Ali said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

“According to Article 236 of the Egyptian constitution, all implications of previous constitutional declarations shall remain in place, among which is the 21 November constitutional declaration which removed the [former] prosecutor-general,” Ali added.

Ali went on to say that an appeal court had earlier ruled that the appointment of the new prosecutor-general, Talaat Abdullah, was legal.

Meanwhile, Egypt's presidency announced late Wednesday that it would consider the court's verdict and take the necessary measures.

Judicial sources have said the State Litigation Authority is the only body entitled to appeal the court verdict.

President Morsi dismissed the country's top prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud and appointed Talaat Abdullah to the post in November 2012, via a highly controversial constitutional declaration that critics say bypassed judiciary and went beyond the presidential mandate.

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