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Morsi, Top Judges to Revisit Planned Judicial Purge
April 29, 2013

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President Mohamed Morsi and Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council have agreed to revisit a planned purge of thousands of judges.

A draft law put forward by the parliamentary majority represented by the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party would have moved the mandatory retirement judge for Egyptian judges from 70 to 60. Such a law would have led to as many as 3,000 judges having to retire, effectively immediately.

The proposed Judicial Authority Law had sparked fierce criticism from opposition leaders and from rights groups. A few thousand judges gathered for a public protest against the draft law.

Representatives of the Brotherhood, who had staged their own public demonstration in favor of the proposed law, said that the intention of the law was to reduce the number of members of the judiciary appointed by former President Hosni Mubarak. Not all current judges fall under such a criterion.

Morsi and Supreme Judicial Council President Mohamed Mumtaz both said that a further conference would be held to hammer out the fine points of a revision of the draft law.

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