Egypt Independent

Justice minister: Prosecutor general told me he would resign

Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky said that Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah had previously told him he would be submitting his resignation after the referendum.

In a phone call to the Al-Hayat Al-Youm program aired on the Al-Hayat satellite channel, Mekky added that Abdallah was dissatisfied with the way he was appointed and the conditions he worked under.

Mekky also criticized the manner in which former Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud was dismissed, saying, “I wished he was sacked after issuance of judicial authority law, according to which he would have been sacked by rules.”

“I also believe Talaat suffered injustice,” he added. “I don’t know the stances of the president’s office and Supreme Judicial Council about the resignation of the prosecutor general. The new constitution will set the rules for selecting the new prosecutor general.”

Abdallah’s resignation came amid bitter controversy over President Mohamed Morsy’s decision to sack Mahmoud, a move which many judges saw as a blow to an independent judiciary.