18 December 2012

Egypt: Constitutional Court - Statements By President's Aide Punishable By Law

Supreme Constitutional Court criticized on Monday 17/12/2012 the English-written statement made by the Presidency on Friday, saying the presidency is trying to undermine the court's reputation at the international level and makes it appear as a counter-revolutionary force.

In a statement, deputy head of the court Counselor Maher Sami said the presidency leveled many accusations at the court without giving any single evidence, adding that spreading fake news is a crime punished by law.

"The court was shocked to see a statement coming from the presidency full of fabrications and false news," he added.

Sami reviewed the content of the presidency's statement that was directed to foreign media in which the top court was mentioned three times. The presidency's statement accused the court of conspiring against the revolution and trying to undermine its gains by dissolving parliamentary polls then attempting to dissolve the Constituent Assembly, a move, according to the statement, forced President Mohamed Morsi to issue a constitutional declaration immunizing his decisions against court challenges.

The presidency's statement was posted in Arabic on the Facebook page of the presidential spokesman and the presidential adviser for foreign relations and international cooperation.

"Why did the presidential adviser choose to address the foreign media about an internal matter concerning one of Egypt's national and sovereign institutions unless he was trying to undermine its reputation internationally?" he said.

According to Egypt's Penal Code, spreading fake news and rumors that weaken confidence in State institutions and harm national interest is a criminal act, the deputy head of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

He added that the latest statement by the presidency is part of a systematic approach to defame the top court and drag it to a political conflict.

Whatever was mentioned in this statement were mere illusions and fabrications that are totally groundless, Sami said.

The presidential adviser should have been keen not to defame the Egyptian judiciary in front of the foreign media and level baseless accusations to the honest judges belonging to the top court, he added.

But despite this fierce campaign, the court's loyalty will continue to be for the people, constitution, law, justice and legitimacy, he said.

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