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Egypt Constitutional Court postpones all sessions indefinitely
In response to hundreds outside court building protesting expected verdict dissolving Constituent Assembly and Shura Council, High Constitutional Court declares open-ended strike
Ahram Online , Sunday 2 Dec 2012
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Riot police form a cordon as several thousand supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi surround the Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday to prevent the judges from entering and ruling on the legitimacy of the nation's Islamist-dominated constituent assembly, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (Photo: AP)

The High Constitutional Court (HCC) declared on Sunday it will freeze all its sessions indefinitely in protest of pressure exerted upon it by supporters of President Mohamed Morsi who gathered outside the court building earlier the same day.

The press statement released by the court Sunday morning condemned the "lies" circulated by the pro-Morsi protesters and their campaign to "taint the court's image" and "twist the truth". 

The HCC's decision comes after it was pushed to postpone its decisions on the constitutionality of Egypt's Shura Council (upper house of parliament) and the Constituent Assembly after supporters of the president surrounded the court.

Hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators gathered at the HCC late Saturday as the draft constitution was officially presented to the president by the head of the constitution-drafting body, to demonstrate against the courts expected verdict on the two bodies, which could see both dissolved.

The constitutionality of the Shura Council and the constitution-drafting body are being investigated after Egypt's parliamentary elections law was ruled unconstitutional.

The HCC had earlier ruled against the constitutionality of the lower house of parliament, leading to its dissolution. 

On 22 November, President Mohamed Morsi issued a controversial Constitutional Declaration making the two bodies immune to dissolution and protecting his decisions and declarations from judicial appeal. 

In response the judges declared a partial strike, saying the declaration infringed upon judicial authority.

The Judges Club refused to recognise the declaration and threatened not to supervise the national referendum on the constitution, which is set to take place on 15 December.

On Friday, thousands took to the streets around the country to condemn the declaration and the constitution.

Islamist groups, meanwhile, rallied on Saturday in mass demonstrations across the country including Cairo, Alexandria and Assiut to back the declaration, the Constitution and to call for the implementation of Sharia law.





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zack
03-12-2012 02:52pm
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Judge should not involve in politic.
The judge from what they call ' Judge club ' should understand the saperation of power between exucative, legislature and judiciary. They should not involve in politic. If they want to get involve you should change your name from judge club to judge party and taking part in election, otherwise you shut up.
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Ayman
03-12-2012 12:58pm
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Pharaoh
Pharaoh Mursi decided to stop active court cases and render his decisions absolute as if they are the word of god! All parties, judges, journalists and the Church have rejected the constitution yet Mursi still considers it widely accepted! The only people happy about this are Mursi, the MB and salafists. They cannot impose religion by the force of law. That is against Islam. These Islamofascist groups are manipulative and power drunk.
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onubi
03-12-2012 11:04am
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reply to ALL
I can see that all comments are "all of a sudden" against the judges. Is this a coincidence, or is it the Muslim Brotherhood electronic monitoring committees in action? For the sake of justice I'd like ahramonline to post my comment addressed to all. Please, review president's Morsi's interviews before he won the elections and listen to how he described my country's judges and judiciary's system. Not to mention the day he swore in in front of the very institution he now defies!
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mumby
03-12-2012 04:57am
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do mercy
Do not replace all of judges,do mercy for them.just replace head ignorant of them.
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Ali
03-12-2012 03:32am
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Judges acts like dictator
Im from India world largest democracy, I dont understand why judges are acting as real dictator there were many occation in India judgment of Supreme Court nullified by elected representative But by my observation behavior of egyptian judges are not healthy either for Egypt and democracy
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Salam Ayooub
02-12-2012 09:24pm
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Mubarak's judges
The judges are not Egypt's judges, they are Mubarak's tools to perpetuate despotism and dictatorship. If they were true to their mission, they wouldn't have annulled the democratically elected parliament.
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Fiza
02-12-2012 07:46pm
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Politics is Politician's business
I’m a non –Egyptian but closely watching events in Egypt after fall of Mubarak. I am really surprised to see things happening in Egypt that very vogue and contradictory as compare to rest of the world even in 3rd world countries. Politician or Parliament, Judges or Judiciary and Media or Journalist these are three actors or stake holders playing their roles in their respective domain to streamline the political system. I never seen in any country even in 3rd world country where Judges & Media act like labor Trade unions. You won’t see in rest of the world if ever Judge have any union like Judge club or Journalists Syndicates playing an acting role in politics like a political party. If Judiciary and Media/Journalist be come a party go on strikes and protests..how would the keep their impartiality..? How would people then trust on your reporting & media coverage and judgments..? In my opinion Egyptian can only progress democratically if Judiciary and Media let the politician to d
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Khaleel
02-12-2012 07:10pm
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Judges are not Kings
Judges are considering themselves kings with elected parliamentarians its subject.By defying Morsi they want to take law into their hands which even army did not dare. If they don't like people's will let them sit with Mubarak.
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Nora
02-12-2012 04:23pm
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Yes for tainted image
The judges, unfortunately, are not trustworthy. They have witness so many injustices while playing nice with Mubarak. Yes, it is sad to say that they have a tainted image. This is an example of 30-year of corruption will do to a society.
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Kwaku fiendi
02-12-2012 06:56pm
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Let's the people chose want they want for their country, not the leaders
Why are the judges ready to oppose an elected president, parliament when they were quick to follow Mubarak and all his laws? Are they for democracy? It's sad that some Egyptians are getting fool by the judge and some politicians who think and they decide the people. Egyptians are Muslims, if they want sharia so it be, let them decide. If they want polygamy so it be. If here we want homosexuality it's what we want. It a country want bexiality and its citizen freely vote for it, so it be
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Roy
02-12-2012 03:49pm
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GOOD..
ALL these Mubarak era judges need to be replaced with immediate effect as they are hampering Egypt's transition to full democracy. The Opposition have lost at the ballot box and know for certain that will continue losing at the ballot box, therefore, they form alliance with Mubarak era judges and thugs to reverse the gains of a democratically elected President. Does the Opposition know anything about democracy?? It is the will of the people and the ballot box determines that.
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