Former top prosecutor requests verdict reasoning

Former Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud requested Monday that the Cairo Court of Appeal hand over the reasoning behind its verdict invalidating the appointment of his successor, Talaat Abdallah, in preparation for his return to office.

However, judicial sources said the court’s clerk declined to comply, and Mahmoud’s representative immediately submitted a complaint against this decision.

Abdallah was quoted by Hisham al-Qarmouty of the Supreme State Security Prosecution as saying that the verdict is unconstitutional, and that he will be challenging it.

Last week, Mahmoud described a court ruling reinstating him as “historic” in an interview with state television published on its website. He said he was waiting for details of the Cairo Court of Appeals decision and how it would be implemented.

Abdullah was appointed by presidential decree in November. Although public anger forced Morsy to backtrack on several parts of the declaration, he refused to reinstate Mahmoud, who served under Hosni Mubarak, and Abdallah stayed in post despite protests from parts of the judiciary.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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