Judges Discipline Council started on Monday the trial of 15 judges including former Sharqiya Governor Hassan al-Naggar over involvement in joining the Judges for Egypt movement, which is considered as practice of politics and hence violate the judicial authority law.
Investigations showed that the judges in question attended the press conference at which toppled President Mohamed Morsy was declared president before the announcement by the High Elections Commission.
They were also shown to have held rallies to support the supplementary constitutional declaration issued by Morsy in November 2012, which made his decisions unchallengeable.
Some of them, according to investigations, held meetings to support decisions that were issued by Morsy. Some also appeared on TV to promote their thoughts and principles claiming they were working on independence of judiciary.
Interrogations cleared that the movement was affiliated to the self-styled Judiciary Independence Current, which was led by former Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki, his brother the former Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki, former Vice-President of Cassation Court Mahmoud al-Khodeiry, who is currently being tried over the torture of a citizen, former President of Cassation Court Hossam al-Gheriany, Head of the Central Auditing Organization Hesham Genina and former chief of Judges Club Zakareyya Abdel Aziz.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm