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Egypt's prosecutor-general appeals court verdict ordering his removal

Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah challenges a court verdict ordering for his removal and reinstatement of predecessor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Thursday 25 Apr 2013
 Egypt
Egypt's former prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud (L) and current Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah (Photo: Ahram Online)
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Egyptian Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah on Thursday appealed a court verdict, issued early March, to dismiss him from his position and allow the return of his predecessor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud.

Abdullah asserted that the verdict was non-enforceable on grounds that it violated both the law and constitution, State Security Attorney-General Hisham El-Qarmooty told Ahram Online on Saturday.

On 27 March, an Egyptian appeal court reversed President Mohamed Morsi's November 2012 decision to dismiss former prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud from his post. The declaration also gave President Morsi sweeping powers and shielded the Constituent Assembly, which drafted Egypt's new constitution, and Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament, from being dissolved.

The removal of the prosecutor-general sparked uproar among the Egyptian opposition and the judiciary. Critics said the constitutional declaration had granted the president both executive and legislative powers.

Many opposition groups are demanding the dismissal of the current prosecutor-general, Talaat Abdullah.

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