PRESIDENT Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi named Chancellor Hamada Al-Sawi as prosecutor-general on Thursday. He succeeds Nabil Sadek who has completed his four-year term of office.
Sadek took on the role in September 2015, after Hisham Barakat was killed in a terrorist attack.
Al-Sawi begins his new job on 19 September.
The constitutional amendments passed in a public referendum in April give the president the right to appoint the prosecutor-general from three judges nominated by the Supreme Judiciary Council. Prior to the amendments the president’s role was restricted to ratifying the Supreme Judicial Council’s nominee.
Al-Sawi began his career in the prosecution-general in 1986 and held positions in the offices of the prosecutor-general and the public funds prosecution. He also served as an attorney-general for districts in Cairo and Giza.
In 2010 he was promoted to chief of the Appeals Court and three years later he became head of the Cairo Criminal Court terrorism division.
As a judge he has heard many high-profile cases, including the terrorist attack on St Peter’s Church and the trial of Hisham Geneina, the former head of the Central Auditing Organisation sacked after making public statements alleging widespread government corruption.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 19 September, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.