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33 Egyptian judges forced into retirement for 'engaging in politics'

Judges relieved of their duties for supporting ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Decision cannot be appealed, coming after 15 judges from pro-Morsi movement were dismissed on similar charges last week

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 28 Mar 2016
High Court of Justice
A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt, January 21, 2016 (Reuters)
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The Egyptian High Council of Justice's disciplinary board retired on Monday 33 judges on charges of engaging in politics, which is prohibited for judges.

The judges were forced into retirement over charges of publicly siding with a political faction, in reference to their signing of a statement supporting Islamist president Mohamed Morsi following his ouster in 2013.

Twenty-three other judges were acquitted of the charges.

The board's decision is final and cannot be appealed.

The decision comes following an appeal against a preliminary decision by the board on 14 March, where 31 judges had appealed against their forceful dismissal and 24 faced an appeal by the prosecution after having been acquitted.

Last week, the disciplinary board dismissed 15 judges from the pro-Morsi 'Judges for Egypt' movement on similar charges.

The judges faced charges including announcing in the media the victory of Morsi in the 2012 presidential elections before the official announcement by the country's Higher Electoral Committee HEC.

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