Abdel Magid Mahmoud
Abdel Magid Mahmoud

Arabic: عبد المجيد محمود

Born: Nov. 1946

Former Public Prosecutor

Abdel Magid Mahmoud was appointed as Egypt’s Public Prosecutor in July 2006 by former president Hosni Mubarak. He held the post for six years, and was “retired” under the year-long presidency of Mubarak’s successor, Mohamed Morsi.

In a televised statement on September 22, 2012, the presidential spokesperson announced a ‘complementary constitutional declaration’ which moved Mahmoud into retirement and appointed judge Talaat Ibrahim in is place.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Cairo University in 1967.

Mahmoud has become known for taking strong stances. One of the most notable points of his career as public prosecutor came in 2009, when he forced Egyptian businessman Ashraf Attal to return a shipment of spoiled wheat worth $9.6 million back to Russia at his own expense, and to reimburse the government for the cost of the wheat. His handling of the matter gained him the trust of many Egyptians.

In the wake of Egypt’s January 25 Revolution, Mahmoud ordered a freeze on the accounts and assets of many members of the former ruling regime, including former ministers and prominent businessmen. Mahmoud also ordered the investigation into Mubarak and his family regarding accusations of embezzling public funds and killing demonstrators during the revolution.

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