Constitution body rejects judges’ remarks, to hold secret meeting Tuesday

Mohamed Salmawy, spokesperson for the 50-person committee tasked with amending the Egyptian Constitution, has claimed the body rejects remarks made by some judges relating to the unfinished document.
“Yet those remarks do not deserve taking a stance vis-a-vis the judiciary,” he stressed.
“The committee awaits the final agreement of members of the judiciary on disputed materials,” he said, adding that there is no place for controversy within the committee.
The State Council’s Judges Club on Saturday sent a memorandum to the committee saying that it will refuse any attempts to undermine the role of the judiciary in the new constitution.
This related in particular to drafting contracts and settling disputes, the memorandum stated.
Salmawy also said that administrative prosecutors would meet with the 10-person committee to express their opinions.
He added that committee chief Amr Moussa met with representatives of Al-Azhar and the Church on Sunday morning to discuss constitutional articles linked to identity.
Salmawy meanwhile revealed that the committee is meeting on Tuesday without reserve members to discuss the initial draft. “It will be a secret meeting not attended by the media,” he said. “We do not want to cause confusion amongst public opinion at this stage.”
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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