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Seven Judges referred to retirement for being 'involved in political activities'

According to head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Members of 'Judges for Egypt' group leaked results from 2012 presidential elections to the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood

Monday 27 Jan 2014

An Egyptian judicial committee has referred seven judges for retirement for being involved in political activities, including alignment with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mahfouz Saber, head of the Supreme Judicial Council's (SJP) disciplinary board, said that the seven judges had announced results from the 2012 presidential elections to the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) a day before the official results had been declared by the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC), according to state-run MENA news agency.

The FJP is the political arm of the Brotherhood, from from which ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi hails.

The seven judges were members of 'Judges for Egypt', a group founded by reformist judges after the 2011 revolution that helped monitor the 2012 elections, which Morsi won. The group has been accused of Brotherhood affiliations.

The 'Judges for Egypt' spokesman, Waleed Sharabi, was referred to a disciplinary committee last October for attending the Rabaa Al-Adaweya Islamist sit-in in Cairo.

A judicial independence law prohibits Egyptian judges from being involved in any political activities.

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