Judges Club denies refusing to apply maximum wage
Ahmed al-Zend, head of Judges Club - YOUM7/Ahmed Maarouf

CAIRO: The Judges Club denied that it “warned” the executive authority of interfering with the judges’ salaries and also denied that its chairman Ahmed al-Zend refused to apply the maximum wage law to judges and prosecutors, according to their Monday statement.

“Promoting such news provokes citizens against Egypt’s judges. The Judges Club board of directors will take legal action against the news websites that published such statements,” the club announced.

The Cabinet adopted a presidential decree to apply the maximum wage – 42,000 EGP monthly – to all state institutions on June 26. The minimum wage law – 1,200 EGP monthly – was applied in January. Professionals and activists have been calling for the application of the two laws since the January 25 Revolution in 2011.

Some judicial personalities refused to submit reports to the Central Auditing Organization (CAO) regarding their official incomes citing the Cassation Court, head of CAO Hisham Genena told Al-Masry Al-Youm on June 27.

Even before the official application of the law, Genena said that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi sent his report proving his “commitment” to the maximum wage law and the Ministry of Defense also submitted reports of its officials.

On June 21, 2013, the Constitutional Court released a statement denying the claims of the Shura Council, then dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, that some members of the Constitutional Court are paid 160,000 EGP a month.

The court said that such statements aim to stir negative sentiments against judges ahead of an “imminent revolution” on June 30.

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