Egypt's Pharmacists Syndicate starts campaign to fight judicial supervision order

Ahram Online, Tuesday 3 Jun 2014

On Saturday, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters issued a judicial supervision order based on a filed case alleging that the Muslim Brotherhood controls the syndicate

Egypt pharmacists syndicate
Egypt pharmacists syndicate (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The general board of the Pharmacists Syndicate, along with the heads of its local branches, issued a statement on Tuesday saying they will seek the assistance of a large law firm to counter an earlier court decision to place the syndicate under judicial supervision, state news agency MENA reported.

Last Saturday, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters issued the judicial supervision decision based on a case filed by syndicate member Safaa Abdel-Azim Mohamed and the syndicate's lawyer, Seoudi Ibrahim, alleging that the Muslim Brotherhood controls the syndicate. Supervision would restrict the freedom of the board and its ability to take decisions independently.

The Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation last December.

The syndicate heads have additionally agreed to launch a campaign to gather signatures from pharmacists nationwide evidencing their rejection of the judicial supervision decision.

The board has also decided to extend calls across local branches for a general assembly on 14 June to announce their refusal of the judicial supervision and extend calls for early general board elections.

Article 77 of Egypt's newly amended constitution stipulates that the board of directors of any syndicate cannot be dissolved by a court verdict. It also bans imposing receivership on syndicates. 

Since the ouster of Brotherhood-affiliated president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, thousands of Brotherhood members have been arrested on various charges, including incitement to murder and violence.

A similar case occurred in March, when the board of the Teachers' Syndicate was dissolved and the syndicate placed under judicial supervision on the pretext that the Muslim Brotherhood dominated the board and included members facing trial for inciting violence.

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