Appeals against forced retirement of pro-Morsi judges rejected
Former attorney general Talaat Abdullah - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: An appeal filed by former Attorney General Talaat Abdullah against an early retirement ruling imposed on him by the Judges’ Disciplinary Council was rejected Monday, Youm7 reported.

The ruling, issued in June, was based on charges over the planting of surveillance devices at the headquarters of the public prosecution during Abdullah’s tenure from November 2012 until July 2013.

The council also rejected an appeal filed by Attorney General Hisham Barakat against its decision to allow Hassan Yassine, a former assistant of Abdullah, to resume his work as a judge.

The appeal of seven judges who belong to the Judges for Egypt—a movement sympathetic with the Muslim Brotherhood—against their forced early retirements in January was also rejected.

The judges reportedly appeared at the podium of the Rabaa al-Adaweya Islamist sit-in in August 2013 and signed a statement that condemned the ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.

Their actions were deemed “political” by the judiciary, which outlaws political activism from judges.

Additional reporting by Omnia el-Mougi.

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