Egyptian president ousts general prosecutor
Updated: 2012-10-12 08:07
CAIRO - Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has ousted Prosecutor General Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud, the state TV reported Thursday.
The decision came one day after the Criminal Court decided to acquit all defendants accused of attacking peaceful protesters at Cairo's Tahrir Square in what is known as "camel battle" during the anti-government protests last year.
A total of 24 top officials of the dissolved former ruling National Democratic Party, including former speakers of Shura Council (upper house) and People's Assembly (lower house), Safwat Sherief and Ahmed Fathy Serour, were charged for murdering demonstrators in February 2011 at Tahrir, the epicenter of protests that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.
The lawsuit against them said they had hired dozens of men to ride horses or camels to frighten and disperse protesters in the square, and the attack had killed at least 11 people and injured thousands of others.
However, the court noted that the reasons for its decision to acquit the defendants were insufficient evidences and unreliable witnesses.
The court's decision disappointed several segments of the society. The "April 6" movement, in line with the Islamic movements, has called for a nationwide protest on Friday over the court decision.
Ahmed Abdel Atty, chief of the presidential office, said Morsi' s decision to sack the general prosecutor was taken for the interest of the country, although the prosecutor did not participate in the investigations into the "camel battle" case.
"The general situation in Egypt is complicated and all things are more or less related to each other. So we can't say the (president's) decision has no relation to the court decision," Atty said during a press conference.