Controversial judge ordered to recuse by court ruling
Judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata - YOUM7 (archives)

CAIRO: An Egyptian court ruled Monday that controversial judge Nagy Shehata, know for having handed down numerous  mass death sentences, shall step down from considering a “terrorist cell” case, Youm7 reported.

Cairo Court of Appeals has accepted a request from 30 defendants’ defense team calling for recusation of Nagy Shehata; the request depended on an interview Shehata conducted with al-Watan newspaper though which he showed his anti-Muslim Brotherhood political directions.

The defendants of Osim cell face charges of forming a “terrorist cell” and planting explosive bombs outside Giza’s Osim city to intimidate citizens and outside the electricity distribution company headquarters, and attempting to assassinate Judge Fathy Bayoumi who was one of a judging panel acquitted former Interior Minister Habab al-Adly.

Nagy Shehata was known for his mass death sentences against the Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters whom being charges of “terrorism-related crimes;” he issued a death sentence to 185 persons in Dec. 2. The defendants were accused of killing police officers in 2013 in Kerdasa, Giza.

On Nov. 22, 2015, a decision was issued the Lawyers’ Syndicate to ban assigning defense team  to the 2011 Cabinet clashes case, in which Shehata is the presiding judge, due to what they said as “predominance of the court and its precedence over the defense’s right.” A syndicate statement added that accusing the defense or underestimating them is “not acceptable from any judicial or executive official.”

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