Maraghy: Judges with political orientation excluded from overseeing elections
Waleed Sharaby - YOUM7/Salah Saeid

CAIRO: The Supreme Judiciary Council (SJC) will refer judges violating judicial norms to the Disciplinary-Validity Committee for investigations, Former head of SJC Judge Ahmed El-Maraghy told Youm7 Friday.

Maraghy’s statement confirmed what one judicial source previously told Youm7 about the Ministry of Justice’s judicial inspection dept along with administrative prosecution authorities. The State Council and the Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority started to prepare a list of the violating judges.

The list includes chancellors and judges with specific political orientations, members of Judges for Egypt Movement, and others who influenced the voters’ decisions during the 2014 constitutional referendum, the source said. These chancellors will be barred from supervising the upcoming presidential elections.

“If it is proven that a judge joined a political party or committed any of the said violations, the disciplinary committee will either reposition them to a non-judicial post or refer them to pension,” Maraghy said.

In January of 2014, Head of Disciplinary Committee of SJC Judge Saber Mahfouz removed Egypt Movement Chancellor spokesperson Waleed Sharaby from his judicial post. Sharay was accused of taking part in a movement that aimed to disrupt national security, incite strife between judges, involving in politics, and announcing the results of the 2012 presidential elections before the judicial committee’s official announcement, according to Al-Ahram newspaper.

“I was the most annoying person for those ‘corrupt’ judges and the ruling that removed me from my position will strengthen my will to combat corruption,” Sharaby said on his Facebook page.

On the first day of the 2014 constitutional referendum, the head of the judicial committee that supervised a referendum on the draft constitution in Dakahlia decided to exclude five judges from monitoring sub-committees. They had directed voters to change their opinion on their constitution vote, MENA reported.

Six employees were also reportedly excluded for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood and for attempting to influence the voters’ decision, according to MENA.

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