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Egyptian reformist judge referred to disciplinary committee

Judge Zakaria Abdel Aziz is accused of storming the State Security headquarters in March 2011

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Mar 2015
Zakaria Abdel Aziz
Judge Zakaria Abdel Aziz (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Prominent reformist judge and former head of Egypt's Judges' Club, Zakaria Abdel Aziz, was referred Wednesday to a disciplinary committee for participating in the storming of the State Security Investigations headquarters in March 2011.

Abdel Azizi was among prominent figures that arrived at that interior ministry-affiliated headquarters in Nasr City, Cairo, on 5 March 2011 after it was stormed by January 25 Revolution protesters.

The judge was filmed at the headquarters urging protesters to hand over all documents they found in the building to the Egyptian Armed Forces later securing the building. 

State Security Investigations, notorious for malpractice during the Mubarak era, was officially dissolved later that month and replaced with the National Security Agency. 

Several members of the "Legal Committee to Defend the Judiciary", a judges group, reported Abdel Aziz, accusing him of "storming the building during the 25 January revolution events." 

For his part, Abdel Aziz said in media statements that the decision to refer him to a disciplinary committee was expected as part of a campaign of political "vengeance" against him due to his being a member the judicial independence movement during Mubarak's rule. 

This is the second time the former head of the Judges' Club has been referred to the disciplinary committee. The first time was in May 2014, when he was referred — along 33 other judges — on the accusation of forming an illegal group, disturbing security and social peace, as well as inciting strife among judges.

Judge Zakaria Abdel Aziz played a leading role in the judicial independence protests in 2005-7 — at the time, one of the few and most popular expressions of open dissent against the Mubarak presidency.

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Ali Gamal
25-03-2015 09:31pm
Then why the Sissi junta continues to praise the revolutio in public?
Is this an expression of hypocrisy? treason? deception?
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25-03-2015 07:56pm
Resurrection of Mubarak zombies
If the judge is being harassed NOW as vengeance for “playing a leading role in the judicial independence protest … one of the few and most popular expressions of open dissent against the Mubarak presidency” THIS would be scary! Mubarak is out and free, his minister of interior is out and free, his criminal sons are out and free …. The judge who was vocal against his crimes is being harassed?
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