21 December 2012

Egypt: Public Prosecutor Retracts Resignation Decision

Public Prosecutor Talaat Abdullah said that he has withdrawn a letter of resignation he tendered Monday to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), as it was prompted by pressures and extraordinary circumstances.

In statements Thursday 20/12/2012, Abdullah said that he does not accept to have it mentioned in Egypt's history that a number of prosecutors succeeded in forcing the nation's prosecutor general to resign, either directly or indirectly. "This is not the kind of legacy I would like to leave to my successors," he said.

Abdullah resigned from his post on Monday evening after hundreds of prosecutors staged a sit-in outside his office demanding him to step down.

Abdullah said that he did not attend the urgent meeting of the SJC to look into his request to withdraw his resignation.

Secretary-General of the SJC Counselor Mohamed Eid Mahgoub said Abdullah handed over a request to the SJC's chief Mohamed Metwali, asking him to retract the resignation he tendered last Monday, which was supposed to be reviewed by the SJC on Sunday.

In statements Thursday, Mahgoub said that upon Abdullah's request, the SJC's chief called for holding an urgent meeting to discuss the issue.

He went on to say that the SJC decided to refer the whole matter to Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki to look into this request, according to the judiciary law.

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