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Constitutional Court head slams Morsi's statement to foreign media

Senior judge Maher El-Beheiry condemns President Morsi's recent communique which insinuates that High Constitutional Court is 'anti-revolutionary force' due to 'signals it would dissolve Constituent Assembly'

Ahram Online, Monday 17 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)
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Head of the High Constitutional Court (HCC), judge Maher El-Beheiry criticised Monday the presidential office's latest press statement to the foreign media, which suggested the court was conspiring against President Mohamed Morsi.

"The presidency's statement revealed an insistence on continuing to insult the court. There appears to be a systematic plan to embroil the court in the country's heated political struggle," said El-Beheiry, reading the HCC statement on Monday.

Morsi's statement, which was written in English and released on 13 December by the office of the president's foreign relations assistant, said that "anti-revolutionary forces" were escalating their campaign to overturn the gains of the revolution.

This included lack of movement from the prosecutor-general, the statement read, as "almost all individuals charged with crimes during the revolution were discharged," in addition to "signals that the HCC would dissolve the Constituent Assembly."

"The latter consideration was more serious… the president moved to protect the Constituent Assembly," the statement continued, explaining that this is why president released the 22 November Constitutional Declaration, as it "was aimed primarily at doing this by extending the life of the [Constituent Assembly] in order to facilitate consensus and by immunising these decisions from intervention by the [High Constitutional Court]."

"Why did the president refer to foreign media instead of internal prosecution authorities upon finding out about the constitutional court's so-called conspiracy, unless he is only trying to tarnish the court's image internationally by circulating false claims to delegitimise its verdicts?" El-Beheiry asked in his Monday statement.

The High Constitutional Court that is being accused of conspiring against the revolution, El-Beheiry said, is the same entity that for the past two years has "upheld and based its verdicts on the 30 March Constitutional Declaration which was approved by popular referendum."

However, last year's 19 March referendum was on nine article amendments to Egypt's now-defunct 1971 Constitution, not the Constitutional Declaration, which was authored and issued by the then-ruling military council without referendum just over a week later.

On Sunday, El-Beheiry was prevented from entering the HCC premises by hundreds of Islamist protesters gathered outside the court building. The protesters have been staging a sit-in since 2 December, the date sent for the court ruling on the constitutionality of the Constituent Assembly. 

It was widely expected that the court would rule the body tasked with drafting Egypt's national charter unconstitutional.

The demonstrations by Islamists surrounding the court led HCC judges to indefinitely suspend the work of the court.
 

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medo
18-12-2012 02:29pm
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Why do people think that judges are an 'anti-revolutionary force' due to 'signals it would dissolve Constituent Assembly'... could it be that the constituent assembly are not made up of a fair representation of Egypt? How can this be called fair when in the end there was only one woman involved and even she resigned!!! The assembly consisting of a group of Islamist does not represent Egypt now or will it in the future.
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Abbas
18-12-2012 02:21pm
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political court
The constitutional court get itself involved in politics. Justm sk Tahani el Jabali. The court is simply a tool by the anti-revolutionary forces to undermine the revolution and undercut the Islamists.
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Mohammed
18-12-2012 10:40am
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Shameless
Oh no, the corrupt judges who invalidated the votes of millions of egyptians and who wanted to dissolve the constitutional assembly don't like to be called out for their crimes against the people. It's a like a person who steals, but don't much like to be called a thief.
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Freedom Fighter, Aladdin
18-12-2012 02:11pm
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Rubbish
Anyone who may be different is accused to be corrupted. In Dark Age, religious fanatics accused scientists of being enemies of humanities. Shameless. Allah AKber!
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Judge in training
18-12-2012 04:19am
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Poor Morsi, he was telling the truth
more than 50% of Egyptian believe that the HCC favors Mubarak's like style, than Morsi. In the US, there are only 9 judges managed the supreme court. In egypt, we have 19, most of them were appointed by Mubarak. Would you think that we need so many of them? I would love for Ahram to report on the number of sons these judges that made it in the justice system because of their parents. Morsi has done a lot of mistakes, but they are not snow white either.
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