Egypt's Pharmacists Syndicate was established in 1949 (Photo: Ahram)
Egypt’s court of urgent matters issued a verdict on Wednesday dissolving the pharmacists syndicate council and imposing legal guardianship until the holding of new elections.
The ruling came after pharmacists filed lawsuit charging that internal disputes erupted inside the pharmacist syndicate in 2018, generating two general assemblies that were held in May the same year. The assemblies took contradicting decisions and forcibly prevented some pharmacists and council members from entering the syndicate headquarters.
The lawsuit charged this internal dispute lead to the suspension of the special treatment project for the medical union.
In May, a general assembly for the syndicate issued a decision to suspend the syndicate head Mohey Ebied and refer him to a disciplinary committee. The decision was upheld by an administrative court ruling.
On Monday, the Supreme Administrative Court upheld a lesser court ruling to suspend Ebeid in May 2018, making the verdict final.
In January 2019, a Cairo court judge ordered Ebeid to be detained pending investigation into an assault on a pharmacist inside the syndicate headquarters in Cairo last year.
Last October, unknown assailants broke into the headquarters and assaulted some of those present inside, resulting in the injury of a number of pharmacists and syndicate members. The victims accused Ebeid of staging the assault.
Four journalists also filed lawsuits against Ebeid last December, accusing him of assault during their coverage of the syndicate general council elections.