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Egypt's justice minister Ahmed Mekki resigns: Judicial sources
Justice minister officially offers his resignation
Sayed Gamaleddine, Sunday 21 Apr 2013
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Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian Minister of Justice Ahmed Mekki offered his resignation on Sunday, judicial sources inside the Ministry of Justice informed Ahram Online. The news comes one day after President Mohamed Morsi had stated there would be a government reshuffle

Thousands of Islamist demonstrators protested at the High Court on Friday in rallies called for by the Muslim Brotherhood to demand the "purging of the judiciary." The demonstrations ended violently when anti-Brotherhood protesters attacked the demonstration. Opponents of the Islamist group warned that the demands aimed at the "Brotherhoodisation" of the judiciary.

According to judicial sources, in his resignation statement, Mekki complained about demonstrations calling for the "purging of the judiciary" called for by the Muslim Brotherhood. He also condemned attempts to amend the judicial authority law to decrease the retirement age of judges without taking their view on the issue.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, together with coalitions within the Shura Council, had proposed the judicial authority law be amended accordingly. The law, if amended to lower the retirement age, will mean the forced retirement of more than 3,000 judges.

Mekki has recently repeatedly criticised demands, repeated mainly by the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies, that the retirement age of judges be decreased.

Mekki on Saturday filed a complaint with the prosecutor-general against Wasat Party and National Conscience Front member Essam Sultan for statements he made accusing members of the judiciary of corruption, reported the Middle East News Agency (MENA).

Mekki has also on more than one occasion disagreed publicly with decisions made by President Mohamed Morsi regarding the judiciary, including the dismissal of former Prosecutor-General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud and his replacement with Talaat Abdullah.





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abdulrahman
22-04-2013 02:00am
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The Judges and Heads Of State Institutions Must Be Apolitical
The Egyptian revolution appears to have been stalled. It is due to the strong presence of the pro Mubarak elements holding high positions in vital state institutions including the courts and being indirectly supported by so called opposition parties and unwitting supporters. These heads of institutions are thinking and behaving as if Mubarak is still in power. Egypt cannot move forward with this people lurking in the important positions. If Egyptians want to progress in their struggle for freedom and democracy, they have to retire these people as soon as possible. Otherwise Egypt will be dragged into the ruins.
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Almisry
21-04-2013 04:31pm
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Judiciary need rejuvenating.
The replacing older judges it does not mean throw them in the garbage. We respect them, we seek their advise. They can be consultants. In fact these older judges will help grow government accountability as an outsider not insider. For example they become lawyers and they will be able to help citizens. World is changin and fast moving forward. Younger judges will incluse brotherhood ones, women, copts and the rest. If these older judges, do not give way to the younger judges then this means no younger judge gets into the system until older ones died. Mixture of youn and new judges it can only benefit our country. Our older architects designed our roads, they did not think the grow of population and cars. Pavements were not designed properly and curves are too high and now car-doors opens on to the pavement. as a result causes use and misuse of the raods. Everybody is familiar the out comes. Please please older judges reflect in your consciences and reinvent yourselves to help country move forward.
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Frustrated Egyptian
21-04-2013 03:40pm
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How many good man has resigned so far sicnce MBH ruled Egypt.?
If we honestly count the number of the good and Experienced professionals that left their jobs because of the Repression/harassment/Opression of MBH we will never wonder why the country is going down in every singl aspect.
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