Judiciary to investigate complaints against ex-Brotherhood supreme guide

Judicial sources claim the Supreme Judicial Council is investigating complaints filed against Mahdi Akef, the ex-Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide, over accusations he insulted the judiciary.

The complaint includes a video clip of Akef alleging suggesting the dismissal of 3,500 judges following the next round of parliamentary elections.

Meanwhile, the Judges Club announced it was also pursuing a legal case against Akef for his remarks. “Akef is stalking the judges,” said Judges Club Undersecretary Abdallah Fathy. “But we will continue to defend our independence.”

The complaints stem from Akef’s interview with Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida published Tuesday.

Akef said judges are “corrupt” and accused them of intentionally dissolving the People’s Assembly last year. He added that the first bill the next parliament should ratify would see 3,500 judges lose their jobs.

The Kuwaiti newspaper also reported that the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, is drafting a law to lower the age of retirement for judges in an effort to force them to retire.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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