The Egyptian judiciary has successfully managed to maintain almost a steady presence in international media headlines this year. From hundreds of death penalties handed down to Muslim Brotherhood supporters, to dropped murder charges against former president Hosni Mubarak and prison terms given to local journalists working for Arab TV channels, the Egyptian judiciary’s verdicts this year have generated an ongoing controversy on whether politics may have influenced judicial decision making.
Egyptian anti-Mubarak protesters chant slogans as they gather in Abdel Moneim Riad Square in Cairo on November 29, 2014 ©Mohamed el-Shahed (AFP)
Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak celebrate after hearing the verdict of his trial in Cairo November 29, 2014. Reuters
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi sits behind bars with other Muslim Brotherhood members at a court in the outskirts of Cairo December 14, 2014. Egypt declared Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood a banned terrorist organization last December and Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds of the group's members to death in mass trials that have drawn strong international criticism. Reuters