The Supreme Council of the Judiciary (SCJ) called on Prosecutor General Tala’at Abdallah to resign from his position.
Council members said Abdallah’s resignation following the Cairo Court of Appeals verdict reversing his appointment by President Mohamed Morsi would heal the current rift in the judiciary and restore its unity.
The SCJ said in a statement that it was important that everyone, especially people of the judiciary, uphold the verdicts coming out of courts of law.
“It is appropriate that the current prosecutor general submit his resignation in order to unite the judiciary, and in order to eliminate all reasons dividing it he should ask to be returned to the courts,” the statement read.
The council also declared that judges and prosecutors should cease making any media appearances in order to preserve their objectivity.
A source within the public prosecution who requested anonymity told Daily News Egypt that the Supreme Council of the Judiciary’s statement is proof of Abdallah’s legitimacy as prosecutor general and the legality of his position.
“The statement called him the current prosecutor general, and only requested he resigned. If he were not the legitimate prosecutor general they would have removed him. Furthermore, the prosecutor general attended the meeting himself as a member of the council and signed the meeting minutes,” the source said.
The Cairo Court of Appeals had reversed President Mohamed Morsi’s decision to dismiss former Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud and appoint Abdallah in his place.