Discontent is swelling among high-ranking Egyptian judicial sources angry about the growing influence of Al-Sisi’s brother, Counselor Ahmed Al-Sisi, sources have told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
Egypt’s State Council Judges Club and the Administrative Prosecution Authority Judges Club each held meetings Sept. 14 to discuss changes from the tax authority that will increase income taxes on Egypt’s judges, a judicial source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a decree Sept. 12, appointing Judge Hamada al-Sawy as the new public prosecutor, the highest position within the Egyptian Public Prosecution. Sawy replaces Nabil Sadek, whose term ended Sept. 19.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi swore in the heads of two top judicial bodies over the weekend following constitutional amendments passed in April that granted the president increased power over the selection process allegedly as part of his ongoing fight against terrorism.
Egypt’s February 20 execution of nine men brought the total number of judicial executions so far this month to at least 15.
Judicial officials: Constitutional amendments final battleground in struggle for judicial independence
In a meeting with Middle Eastern and North African general prosecutors in Cairo on Wednesday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi once again stressed the importance of judicial independence, asserting that “no one can interfere with the work of the judiciary.”
Egypt’s Judges’ Club, one of the highest judicial bodies in the country, denied media remarks concerning the new amendments to the 2014 Constitution.
On September 11, Egypt’s Committee for Inventory, Seizure, and Management of Terrorist Funds announced that it had seized assets belonging to 1,589 Muslim Brotherhood supporters or alleged sympathizers, as well as 118 companies, 1,133 NGOs, 104 schools, 69 hospitals, and 33 websites and TV channels with alleged ties to the …
Security forces raided the headquarters of the privately owned Al-Mesryoon newspaper on Monday and handed management of the publication over to a committee from the state-owned Al-Akhbar news outlet, according to Arabic Network for Human Rights Information lawyer Nour Fahmy.
Decisions made by the Egyptian government to seize the assets of individuals, companies, charities, schools, hospitals and newspapers tend to ignore decrees that such moves are invalid. This has been the case since the formation of the Inventory, Seizure and Management Committee of Muslim Brotherhood Funds targeting the leadership and …