10 July 2012

Egypt: Referring Court Ruling to Cassation Court Legally Void - Cassation Court Judge

Egypt's Constitutional court has issued a ruling to stop the president reinstating the dissolved parliament. ( Resource: Egypt Court Rules Against Parliament Recall

The People's Assembly decision to refer the Supreme Constitutional Court ruling - of the unconstitutionality of some articles in the elections law - to the Court of Cassation is "incomprehensible", Judge Hazem Badawi, deputy head of the Court of Cassation, said on Tuesday.

The Court of Cassation is not responsible for interpreting the rulings of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Badawi told Aswat Masriya.

Considering the validity of the membership of the MPs now is legally unfounded because more than 30 days have passed since the election results were announced. 30 days is the legal period during which the validity of the membership may be considered, he added.

Article 20 of the People's Assembly law states that "The Court of Cassation adjudicates the validity of the membership of parliamentarians. Appeals are filed within 30 days from the day election results are announced. The Court rules in the filed appeals within 90 days and membership is considered invalid once the People's Assembly is notified of the court's ruling," Badawi stated.

Speaker Saad al-Katatni referred today the Supreme Constitutional Court ruling of the unconstitutionality of some articles in the parliamentary elections law to the Court of Cassation.

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