Egypt court upholds removal of Prosecutor-General Abdullah

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Tuesday 2 Jul 2013

Court also rejects former prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud's appeal to be reinstated; assistant prosecutor-general Hassan Yassin to take over position until official appointment made

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Egypt's former prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud (Photo: Reuters)

A Cairo appeal court has upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss prosecutor-general Talaat Abdullah.

The court also rejected former prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud's appeal to be reinstated to the post.

Assistant prosecutor-general Hassan Yassin will hold the top position until Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) convenes to make an official appointment.

In March, a court reversed President Mohamed Morsi's November 2012 decision to appoint Abdullah in Mahmoud's place via a controversial constitutional declaration.

Judicial critics said only the SJC has the power to appoint the prosecutor-general and therefore President Morsi had acted beyond his mandate when appointing Abdullah to the post.


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