Egypt's Pharmacists Syndicate under judicial supervision for third time

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Mar 2015

The court of urgent matters had accused the syndicate leadership of affiliation to the banned Muslim Brotherhood

Mohammed Abdel Gawad
Mohammed Abdel Gawad (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Tuesday ordered the Pharmacists Syndicate be placed under judicial supervision, the third such verdict in less than a year.

The court verdict mandates that a temporary committee be formed to manage the syndicate until new elections take place.

It is still unclear whether the syndicate's board elections, scheduled to start on 6 March, will still take place.

A judicial supervision order restricts the syndicate board's freedom and its ability to take decisions independently.

In May 2014, Cairo Court for Urgent Matters placed the syndicate under judicial supervision based on a case claiming that the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood controlled it.

In August 2014, the verdict was overturned by the Appeal Court for Urgent Matters which reasoned that "the syndicate's members' personal affiliation with the Brotherhood does not legally necessitate placing the syndicate under judicial supervision so long as this did not affect the syndicate's administration and its members' financial rights."

In October 2014, another court verdict ordered judicial supervision for the syndicate on the same charges. 

In January 2015, the verdict was overturned again.

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