Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress

The Library of Congress > Law Library > News & Events > Global Legal Monitor

Egypt: Judicial Authority Warns Parliament

(Feb. 17, 2012) On February 8, 2012, it was reported that the Chief of the Supreme Judicial Council and President of the Court of Cassation in Egypt, Judge Husam el-Din al-Ghariani, had sent a letter to the Speaker of the People's Assembly (the Parliament) insisting on the necessity of respecting the principle of separation of powers between the judicial and legislative authorities. The letter warned against the negative effects on the state that interference in the work of the judiciary could cause. This warning came two days after a number of members of the People's Assembly criticized the General Prosecutor and asked that he step down because of the delay in the trials of the leading officials of the former regime. (Egyptian Judicial Authorities Warn Parliament Against Interference in Their Work and Asked the General Prosecutor to Step Down [in Arabic], ASHARQ AL-AWSAT (Feb. 8, 2012).)