CAIRO: New Minister of Justice Nayer Othman should prioritize securing courts, prosecution offices and personnel, the treasurer of the Judges’ Club Mohamed Saleh told Youm7 Sunday.
The Judges’ Club supports Othman’s appointment, Saleh said, adding that the new minister promised to expand the number of courts that deliberate cases related to “terrorism” in coordination with appeal courts, and would take into account the needs of judges in the coming period.
Othman, former deputy head of the Cassation Court, succeeded former Minister of Justice and chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Adel Abdel-Hameed.
Mahfouz Saber, head of the disciplinary department at Cairo Appeal Court, was summoned by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab to head the ministry, but influential head of the Judges’ Club Ahmed al-Zend intervened to cancel his nomination, Ahram Gate reported.
Head of Giza Criminal Court Zakaria Shalash expressed his resentment at the influence of the Judges’ Club in the ministry nomination, according to Ahram Gate.
Ahram Gate quoted Shalash as saying, “The Ministry of Justice is totally different from the Judges’ Club. The ministry’s task is related to the judicial and executive authorities and the club is not entitled to interfere in its affairs.”
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Hussein.