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Egypt: Court of Appeals Reinstates the Former General Prosecutor

(Mar. 28, 2013) On March 27, 2013, the Court of Appeals of <?Egypt ordered the reinstatement of the former General Prosecutor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. A chamber within the Court of Appeals that governs complaints by judges ruled in favor of a petition filed by Mahmoud and abolished Presidential Decree 386-2012 concerning the appointment of the current General Prosecutor.

In its decision, the Court stated that the decree ignores the principle of separation of powers. According to the court, the President also failed in the decree to recognize the independence of the judiciary by ordering the firing of the former General Prosecutor and the hiring of the current one through the issuance of an executive decision, without consulting in advance with the Supreme Council of the Judiciary.

In response to the court decision, the office of the current General Prosecutor, Talat Ibrahim, issued a statement announcing that the President will appeal the court decision and Ibrahim will continue to serve in his position without any interruption.

According to some news reports, this decision will increase the tension between President Mohammed Morsi and the judiciary, which views the dismissal of Mahmoud as a violation of its authority. (Cairo Court of Appeal Reinstates Former General Prosecutor [in Arabic], ALMOSLIM.NET (Mar. 27, 2013).)