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Egypt's top judges call for resignation of prosecutor-general

Supreme Judicial Council says Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah should step down to help end splits within judiciary

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Apr 2013
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Egyptian prosecutor general, Talaat Abdullah (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's top judges have called for Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah to resign and return to the judicial bench

Following a board meeting on Sunday, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) issued a statement saying Abdullah's resignation would “help unify the judiciary and put an end to the divisions within it.”

On 27 March, a court reversed President Morsi's November 2012 decision to sack former prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud and replace him with Abdullah.

The decision sparked uproar in the opposition and judiciary. Opposition groups and the Judges' Club called for Abdullah to resign.

The SJC, which under the constitution is responsible for appointing the prosecutor-general, does not have the power to dismiss him.

“All judicial verdicts should be respected,” including the decision of 27 March, the SJC statement added.

There were heavy clashes between protesters and police outside the High Court, which houses the prosecutor-general's office, from Saturday evening until early Sunday morning.

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