Prosecutor General Tala’at Abdallah requested on Saturday the recusal of the court bench that ruled to reverse his appointment.
The request was referred to the Cairo Court of Appeals, which will rule on it in a Sunday session, temporarily suspending the removal order on Abdallah until the case has been resolved.
The Cairo Court of Appeals had ruled to reverse President Mohamed Morsi’s appointment of Abdallah as the prosecutor general and his dismissal of Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, his predecessor, in March. Morsi had appointed Abdallah unilaterally through a constitutional decree in November while Mahmoud appealed his removal.
On Sunday the court will also rule on Mahmoud’s request for an executive report detailing how the ruling to restore him to office should be carried out.
The judge who ruled to restore Mahmoud did not include how the verdict should be carried out and did not say if it should be carried out immediately or after a court of second instance rules on an appeal.
Although Abdallah is yet to appeal the verdict, he has been carrying on with his duties as prosecutor general since it was issued. Mahmoud is demanding an executive report so that he may demand the enforcement of the court order.
On Saturday the Cairo Court of Appeals also adjourned a lawsuit against the composition of the Supreme Judiciary Council until 26 May. Abdallah’s membership with the plaintiffs has been called into question due to the ruling to reverse the prosecutor general’s appointment, which may cause him to lose his seat on the council.
The Tanta Judges’ Club on Friday held a general assembly meeting and voted to remove Abdallah, the prosecutor general’s spokesperson Mostafa Deweidar and Judge Hatem Ismail from its membership for belonging to the “Judges for Egypt” group, which the Judges’ Club calls the judicial wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and claims fights against the independence of the judiciary.