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Egypt sacks 41 judges for ‘supporting’ Brotherhood

Disciplinary court orders their compulsory retirement accusing them of supporting outlawed group, state media reports.

According to Aljazeera, Egypt’s state media reports that a disciplinary court has ordered 41 judges into compulsory retirement for supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the latest move in a sweeping crackdown on political dissent.

The Disciplinary Council headed by Nabil Zaki, a judge, did not immediately release the reason for its decision on Saturday.

The government has implemented a harsh crackdown on Islamists and secular political opponents since July 2013, when then-army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his rule.

Reuters reported that 31 of the judges were sent into compulsory retirement for signing a statement condemning Morsi’s removal.

Another 10 were removed from their posts for joining the ‘Judges for Egypt’ group, which supported the Brotherhood even before Morsi’s removal, citing judicial sources.

Egyptian law prohibits judges from engaging in politics, but critics and human rights groups say the judicial disciplinary court has turned a blind eye to judges who openly support the government of Sisi, who was elected president last year.

The government says the judiciary is independent and it never intervenes in its work.

“The decision is shocking and it is a massacre of the judges,” Ahmed El-Khatib, one of the punished judges, said, but declined comment about whether he supported the Brotherhood or not.

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