Former MPs file complaint against Egypt prosecutor general

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Nov 2012

A complaint filed by Mohamed El-Sawy and Hatem Azzam accuses Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud of corruption and calls for his removal

Former MPs file complaint against Egypt general prosecutor
Egypt's General Prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud (Photo: Reuters)

Former MP Mohamed El-Sawy and member of the Constituent Assembly Hatem Azzam filed a complaint Sunday with the Supreme Judicial Council and minister of justice against  Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud.

The complaint filed by El-Sawy and Azzam alleges that Mahmoud has deliberately stalled investigations into a number of crucial corruption cases perpetrated by the deposed Hosni Mubarak regime.

The complaint calls for the formation of a judicial council that would collect all the complaints filed against members and entities of the deposed regime, both before and after the January 25 Revolution.

The council would also detail the procedures taken in each case, including investigations undertaken and evidence presented.

The complaint adds that one of the most important demands of the January 25 Revolution was the removal of the prosecutor general, who has been accused of fabricating cases to favour members of the deposed regime and its now defunct National Democratic Party.

The complaint is based on Article 121 of the Criminal Code, which concerns judges who evade their responsibilities or whose rulings are deemed unjust. Article 124 of the Criminal Code is also included, concerning civil servants who misuse their positions for reasons of nepotism or favouritism.

"Millions of Egyptians have expressed their doubts and have questioned the role of the general prosecutor," El-Sawy asserted.

Abdel Meguid Mahmoud has held his position as prosecutor general since 2006. He was most recently the centre of debate over a spat between the judiciary and President Mohamed Morsi's government, following the acquittal of 25 defendants of the "Battle of the Camel" trial in early October.

Mahmoud defiantly held his position, despite an order by Morsi to remove him from his post.

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