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Egypt's prosecutor-general awaits acceptance of resignation

Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah arrives at office on Tuesday to await Supreme Judicial Council's acceptance of his resignation following weeks of pressure by judges and prosecutors

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Dec 2012
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General Prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim (photo: AP)
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Egypt's Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah arrived at work on Tuesday morning amid a large security presence. He submitted his resignation on Monday and is awaiting its acceptance by the Supreme Judicial Council.

Abdullah's resignation came only weeks after he was appointed by President Mohamed Morsi and was the result of mounting opposition by judges and prosecutors.

Hundreds of judges and prosecutors gathered at Abdullah's office on Monday after marching to protest the way President Morsi had appointed him via his controversial constitutional declaration and to demand his resignation. The declaration gave Morsi the power to sack the former prosecutor-general, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, which was previously not permitted by law.

The judiciary rejected the declaration, which also made the president's decisions immune from judicial oversight. Despite the declaration's repeal by another one which allowed the president's decisions to be appealed through the courts, the right of Morsi to appoint a new general-prosecutor remained in effect.

On Monday, representatives of judges and prosecutors met with Abdullah's deputy, Adel El-Said, but failed to reach an agreement. Accordingly, a group of judges tried to enter the Abdullah's office to demand a meeting, but security forces prevented them from doing so.

Later in the day, El-Said presented Abdullah's handwritten resignation to the protesters.

Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website reported that Abdullah left his office shortly afterwards escorted by security forces, and protesters chanted in delight at his resignation.

On 6 December, Mahmoud, who was appointed prosecutor-general by former president Hosni Mubarak in 2006, was appointed head of Egypt’s Court of Appeal.

In October, Morsi attempted to dismiss Mahmoud and appoint him as Egypt's ambassador to the Vatican.

Mahmoud challenged the president’s decision, saying it was illegal, and was able to keep his position temporarily.

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19-12-2012 10:40am
The crime of coercing the new Public Prosecutor to resign...........
"The crime of coercing the new Public Prosecutor to resign, committed Monday by a group of prosecutors reportedly armed with licensed weapons, is a reprehensible act that sets a dangerous precedent requiring all judges to stand up against it. The Supreme Judicial Council must issue a clear statement denouncing this irresponsible act. It must refuse the resignation submitted under such direct and immediate threat. It must also assign honorable judges to investigate this incident and inflict punishment on all those involved. The Ministry of Interior, too, should protect judges from such aggression, threats or assaults. It is inconceivable that some judges or prosecutors, whose duty is to act on behalf of the people in addressing crime, can engage in such a crime, which is not different from what street thugs do these days."
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18-12-2012 02:30pm
Where were those honest judges?
Where have they been when elections were at 99% favouring Mubarak. Or when torture was accepted. Have they 'born again judges'?.
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18-12-2012 02:23pm
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