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Disciplinary committee marks 41 Egyptian judges for early retirement

Some of the judges belong to the reformist 'Judges of Egypt" movement, a group accused of affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood

Ahram Online , Saturday 14 Mar 2015
Judge Waleed Al-Sharab
File Photo: A news conference by the Judges of Egypt movement (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A disciplinary committee referred Saturday 41 judges for early retirement in two separate cases on charges of involvement in political activities.

Of the 41 referred, 31 were convicted of signing a statement supporting ousted Mohamed Morsi following his removal from office in July 2013.

Twenty-five judges were acquitted in the same case.

Another 10 judges belonging to the reformist "Judges of Egypt" were referred in a separate case for early retirement on charges of involvement in political activities. Five judges were acquitted in the second case.

Judges for Egypt is a group of Egyptian reformist judges that helped monitor the post-25 January Revolution presidential elections, won by deposed president Mohamed Morsi. The group has been accused of affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The judges are also known for their leading role in the movement demanding judicial independence in 2005-2006 under ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

The group was the first to announce Morsi’s victory in the 2012 presidential poll, a day before official results were released by the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC). Later investigations showed that the group held press conferences to support a constitutional declaration issued by Morsi in November 2012 in which he elevated the presidency above judicial review.

Ahead of the January 2014 referendum on a new constitution, the judges group announced via its Facebook page that it would boycott what it called "the constitution of the military."

Investigations have shown that the group was established from another group that used to call itself the Independent Current for Judges, headed by Mahmoud Mekki, former presidential advisor to Morsi.

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