Former head of Judges Club charged with storming state security HQ in 2011
Zakaria Abdel Aziz - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Former head of Judges’ Club Zakaria Abdel Aziz was referred Wednesday to the justice ministry’s disciplinary committee for allegedly participating in the storming of state security headquarters in 2011, Youm7 reported.

The referral comes after members of the Legal Committee to Defend the Judiciary group  filed legal motions against Abdel Aziz, accusing him of “inciting demonstrators to storm the State Security headquarters in Cairo’s northern district of Nasr City” during the January 25 Revolution, according to Youm7.

The motion cited several videos circulated in social media in March 2015 showing Abdel Aziz in the scene urging the protesters to deliver all documents they found in the State Security headquarters to the Egyptian Armed Forces in charge of securing the building.

According to Youm7, Abdel Aziz said his referral to the disciplinary committee was aimed at “settling scores.”

“I had expected such a decision in light of a disagreement I had with the judge who took the decision,” Abdel Aziz was quoted by Youm7.

The State Security headquarters across the country were stormed by hundreds of anti- Mubarak’s regime protesters in March 2011, two months after the outbreak of the revolution that toppled Mubarak.

The headquarters of the State Security, known now as National Security Agency, reportedly contained thousands of government documents that were seized by anti-regime demonstrators.

Abdel-Aziz headed the club during a period of tension between the government and judges. Following Egypt’s 2005 parliamentary ballot which was carried out under judicial supervision, several judges including Abdel Aziz accused governmental officials of rigging the elections in favor of the National Democratic Party; the then-ruling party.

In May 2014, the investigative judge of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) Mohamed Shereen Fahmy referred 34 judges to a disciplinary board for breaking the judiciary law by joining the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Judges for Egypt Movement, Al-Ahram reported.

They were 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.

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