Egypt sacks 41 pro-Mursi judges
Thirty-one of the judges were accused of signing a political statement in solidarity with Mursi
An Egyptian disciplinary court forcibly retired 41 judges on Saturday for supporting ousted president Mohammad Mursi, a judicial source said, amid a crackdown against both Islamist and secular opposition.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who overthrew Mursi in 2013, has pledged to eradicate the Islamist’s once popular Muslim Brotherhood movement.
The court ruled that the judges were illegally involved in politics, the official said.
He added that the two verdicts can be appealed.
Thirty-one of the judges were accused of signing a political statement in solidarity with Mursi and reading it publicly at a protest camp of his supporters that the forcibly dispersed authorities on Aug. 14, 2013.
Hundreds of protests and up to 10 policemen died in clashes during the dispersal.
Ten other were accused of founding a pro-Morsi group under the name of “Judges for Egypt.”
The government blacklisted the Muslim Brotherhood as a “terrorist group” in December 2013, blaming it for militant attacks.
Sisi’s secular opposition and icons of the 2011 uprising that ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak have also been targeted also suffering from the crackdown, with several jailed for illegal protests.