- Middle East/North Africa
Minutes after President Mohamed Morsy announced the new constitutional declaration and his decision to appoint a new prosecutor general to replace Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah was sworn in as Mahmoud's successor.
Al-Masry Al-Youm tweeted on Thursday evening that after swearing in, Abdallah announced his intention to retry former President Hosni Mubarak, his Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and other officials of the ousted regime on charges of killing protesters.
Several demonstrations over the past months have demanded the cleansing of the judiciary and Mahmoud's dismissal after several officials of the former regime were acquitted of charges of killing protesters during the January 2011 revolution, particularly after the acquittal of those accused of responsibility for the Battle of the Camel,
The previous sentences of officials charged with killing demonstators would be cancelled, Aballah said. Also, new investigations would be opened into 17 former security directors and 53 officers and policemen who have been acquitted on these charges.
The new investigations are scheduled to begin within a week, and prosecutors will ask the Interior Ministry and the Intelligence Service to provide them with any evidence they have.
Those who were involved in the Battle of the Camel would also be reinvestigated, and their acquittal sentences canceled.
Abdallah was involved in the movement for the independence of the judiciary under former President Hosni Mubarak, was vice president of the Court of Cassation and a member of the committee that was formed by the Judges Club to deal with fraud in the 2005 parliamentary elections. He is 54 years old, born in Tanta, Gharbiya.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm