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Prominent Egyptian judges summoned for 'law violation'

'Judges for Egypt' -- who announced Morsi's victory in the 2012 presidential poll before official results had been released -- is accused of violating the law, 9 other judges banned from travel

ElSayed Gamal El-Deen, Ahram Online, Monday 23 Dec 2013
Judges Zakaria Abdel-Aziz, Mahmoud Mekki, Hossam El-Gheriany, Ahmed Mekki

Investigative judge Mohamed Shereen Fahmy summoned on Sunday founding members of ‘Judges for Egypt’ over allegations of forming a group that violates the law.

The summoned judges include former ministers of justice Ahmed Mekki and Ahmed Soliman, ex-presidential advisor to Mohamed Morsi Mahmoud Mekki, former head of the 2012 constituent assembly Hossam El-Gheriany, former deputy head of the appeals court Mahmoud El-Khodeiry and ex-head of the Judges Club Zakaria Abdel-Aziz.

El-Khodeiry, former head of the post-Mubarak People’s Assembly legislative committee, was arrested on 26 November on accusations of inciting torture, according to one of the defendant's lawyers.

The judges -- accused of forming a group disturbing security and social peace, as well as inciting strife among judges -- are known for their leading role in the movement demanding the independence of the judiciary in 2005-2006 under ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

According to a judicial source, a travel ban was also imposed on another nine members of the State Lawsuits Authority for allegedly belonging to the group.

‘Judges for Egypt’ are a group of Egyptian reformist judges who 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 group was the first to announce Morsi’s victory in the presidential poll, a day before official results were released by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission.

The group came under fire by judges as its spokesman Waleed Sharaby was present at the main pro-Morsi Rabaa Al-Adawiya protest camp that demanded his reinstatement. Sharaby's move was viewed as biased to a particular political faction, a violation under the judicial law.

Sharaby was referred to a disciplinary court in October.

On 17 December, ‘Judges for Egypt’ announced on their official Facebook page they planned to boycott what they named "the constitution of the military."

The referendum on the constitution, scheduled by Interim President Adly Mansour for 14 and 15 January, will be the first milestone in the transitional roadmap since Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, was ousted on 3 July following mass protests against his rule.

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