CAIRO: The investigative judge of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) Mohamed Shereen Fahmy referred on Monday34 judges to a disciplinary board for breaking the judiciary law by joining the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Judges for Egypt Movement, Al-Ahram reported.
An official source told Al-Ahram that investigations are being carried out with the judges who are currently not working until the court makes a decision.
Several movement members are accused of bias towards a single political faction, namely the Muslim Brotherhood, expressing political viewpoints, and interfering in the political process, which are prohibited according to judiciary law.
The 34 judges included in the lawsuit are reportedly accused of forming an illegal group, disturbing security and social peace, as
well as inciting strife among judges.
The decision represents “retaliation” and emphasizes that “we live in no-law state,” Judges for Egypt member Emad Abu Hashim told Al-Jazeera Mubasher.
“The current judiciary law does not ban judges from expressing their viewpoints but it prohibits them from being involved in a political party or dealing with political issues,” Hashim said.
The movement announced the official results of the 2012 presidential elections a day before the High Presidential Electoral Commission (HPEC) released the results.
It also held press conferences to support a constitutional declaration
that was issued by former President Mohamed Morsi in November 2012 in which he elevated the presidency’s status and role above the judiciary.
The movement members, including its spokesperson Walid Sharaby, was shown in the Brotherhood sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawya Square calling for the reinstatement of Morsi.
Former Vice President Mohamed Mekki, former deputy head of the appeals court Mahmoud El-Khodeiry, former heads of the Judges Club Zakaria Abdel-Aziz, and vice chairman of the court of cassation Mohamed Derbala are among the judges referred to the disciplinary board.