Egypt court forcibly retires 31 judges for supporting Morsi

Egypt court forcibly retires 31 judges for supporting Morsi

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The Egyptian judiciary has forcibly retired 31 judges for allegedly supporting the country’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

On Saturday, the Disciplinary Council of the Cairo Court of Appeal sent 31 judges into compulsory retirement for signing a statement in support of Morsi during anti-coup sit-ins in 2013, saying that engaging in political activities breaches Egypt’s judicial regulations.

The convicted judges can appeal the verdict.

The court, however, acquitted 25 judges accused of the same charge.

This is while the judges who support the 2013 military coup have faced no restrictions by the country’s judiciary in expressing their opinions.

Rights groups have severely criticized the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for launching a heavy-handed crackdown on journalists and stifling freedom of speech in the Arab country.

Rights groups say the crackdown on the supporters of Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, has left over 1,400 people dead and 22,000 arrested, while hundreds have been sentenced to death in mass trials.

Morsi was ousted in July 2013 in a military coup led by Sisi who was then the army commander.

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