Authority defends removal of judges who joined opposition group

The State Lawsuits Authority has defended disciplinary measures it took on Saturday against 12 judges who joined a group of activist judges with outspoken political stances.
Mohamed Abdel-Latif, a deputy chairman of the authority, said the disciplinary measure came in line with the authority’s bylaws and ensures its “independence and neutrality”.
He revealed that four judges were removed for joining Judges for Egypt, while the remaining eight were either reprimanded or given a warning.
Judges for Egypt emerged on the political scene after the 2011 uprising, adopting a declared defense of judicial independence. They communicated with the media and the public by holding several press conferences to comment on developments in the political scene, gaining criticism from some for their involvement in politics.
In March, a judicial disciplinary council forced 41 judges to retire due to their affiliation with the movement, which was at that time seen as supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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