Will he stay or will he go? Egypt’s new prosecutor in limbo

19-12-2012 12:00 AM

Ammon News - By AL ARABIYA

Egypt’s newly-appointed prosecutor general, who resigned earlier this week amid political unrest sweeping the country, may not get the green light he needs in order to officially step down.

The Muslim Brotherhood has called on the Supreme Judicial Council to reject Prosecutor General Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah’s resignation.

The council has already said it would decide whether or not to accept his decision this coming Sunday.

The Islamist group alleges that Abdallah was forced to resign by prosecutors who had demonstrated outside his office this week demanding that he leave his position.

Abdallah received “threats [from the prosecutors], something … unprecedented in the history of the judiciary,” Egyptian news site Egypt Independent reported, adding that the Brotherhood said the alleged threats were a “violation of the judiciary’s independence, dignity, immunity and freedom.”

The news site also reported that the Brotherhood claimed on its Facebook page on Tuesday that some demonstrators demanding Abdallah’s resignation had carried weapons.

President Mohammed Mursi had appointed Abdallah in late November to secede former Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, a move that sparked outrage in the judiciary.

In October, Mursi agreed to allow Mubarak-era chief prosecutor Mahmoud to keep his job after an embarrassing public row which criticized Mahmoud for acquitting officials accused of attacking protesters under Mubarak.

Then in November, the political scene erupted with Mursi issuing a declaration banning challenges to his decrees, laws and decisions. He used the new powers to sack the chief prosecutor and order the retrial of people accused of attacking protesters when Mubarak held office, attracting mass condemnations from the Egyptian judiciary.

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