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Islamists Prevent Egypt’s Court From Working

From the Associated Press:

Egypt’s top court suspends work in protest

By HAMZA HENDAWI | December 2, 2012

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s top court suspended its work indefinitely to protest "psychological and physical pressures" after supporters of the Islamist president prevented judges from entering the courthouse Sunday to rule on the legitimacy of a disputed constitutional assembly

Notice that this headline is absurd. For some reason the AP makes it sound like Egypt’s Supreme Court judges have stopped working in protest.

In fact, Morsi’s radical ‘Islamist’ supporters have surrounded the court and prevented the judges from entering and doing their work. Which entails ruling on their new Constitution. Which they were expected to reject.

The court statement said the judges approached the court but decided against entering the building because they feared for their safety.

"The judges of the Supreme Constitutional Court were left with no choice but to announce to the glorious people of Egypt that they cannot carry out their sacred mission in this charged atmosphere," said the statement, which was carried by the MENA state news agency…

By suspending its work, the court joined the country’s highest appeals court and its sister lower court in their indefinite strike to protest what they see as Morsi’s infringement on the judiciary. Most judges and prosecutors in the country have been on strike for a week.

To their credit, Reuters puts it a little more accurately:

Egypt’s top court shuts down, blames protesters

By Tamim Elyan and Tom Perry | December 2, 2012

CAIRO (Reuters) – Protests by Islamists allied to President Mohamed Mursi forced Egypt’s highest court to adjourn its work indefinitely on Sunday, intensifying a conflict between some of the country’s top judges and the head of state.

The Supreme Constitutional Court said it would not convene until its judges could operate without "psychological and material pressure", saying protesters had stopped the judges from reaching the building.

Several hundred Mursi supporters had protested outside the court through the night ahead of a session expected to examine the legality of parliament’s upper house and the assembly that drafted a new constitution, both of them Islamist-controlled….

The court’s decision to suspend its activities appeared unlikely to have any immediate impact on Mursi’s drive to get the new constitution passed in a national referendum on December 15…

In other words, no matter what the judiciary does, the new Constitution will be rammed through.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 3rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

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