Case filed against influential judge Zend for “exercising politics”
Ahmed al-Zend, head of Judges Club - YOUM7/Ahmed Maarouf

CAIRO: The Attorney General referred a case file against head of the Judges Club Ahmed al-Zend for “exercising political action” in violation of the law of the judicial authority on Thursday.

The case was filed by 13 judges, including former Minister of Justice Ahmed Suleiman, members of pro-Muslim Brotherhood Judges for Egypt, and the Judges Independence Current.

The judges said Zend made statements in the media that can only be made by political parties because they explicitly tackle state policies.

Zend anticipated that 120 judges from Judges for Egypt will be dismissed before the investigations end, which means he intervenes in the investigations, according to the 13 judges.

Zend also called for forming a “war council to counter terrorism” by the Brotherhood and asked the authorities to send forces to Qatar to arrest Brotherhood-affiliated Egyptians, the judges said in their report.

It is not the first time that Zend was criticized for interfering in political matters.
Head of the disciplinary department at the Cairo Appeal Court Mahfouz Saber was nominated by the new Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab as Minister of Justice but Zend intervened to cancel his nomination, Ahram Gate reported.

“The Ministry of Justice is totally different from the Judges’ Club. The ministry’s task is related to the judicial and executive authorities and the club is not entitled to interfere in its affairs,” Ahram Gate quoted Shalash.

Originally published in Youm7.

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