Journalists to be tried for offending judges

The head of Egypt's main auditing agency along with two journalists, including the chief editor of a major daily, were referred to court

Journalists to be tried for offending judges

World Bulletin/News Desk

The head of Egypt's main auditing agency along with two journalists, including the chief editor of a major daily, were referred to court on Monday for allegedly offending judges.

The Supreme Judiciary Council decided to refer Hisham Genina, the head of the Central Auditing Agency, Magdi al-Galad, the former chief editor of Arabic language daily al-Masry al-Youm and current chief editor of Al-Watan daily, and Mohamed al-Sanhouri, a journalist from al-Masry al-Youm, to the Cairo Criminal Court for allegedly slurring the Judges' Club and its head Ahmed al-Zend.

In an interview with al-Masry al-Youm early last year Genina, who was at the time the head of the Cassation Court, dismissed as "ridiculous" the latest elections of the Judges' Club.

He accused al-Zend of tarnishing the image of Egypt's judiciary, amassing amounts of money in illegal manners and exploiting his job to get flats in Egypt's northern coast resorts.

The Cairo Criminal Court is expected to soon set a date for the trial.

A judicial source told Anadolu Agency it took the judiciary a long time to refer the case to court because the necessary interrogations had not been concluded yet.

Al-Galad was referred to trial in the same case in his capacity as the editor of the newspaper that published the interview.

He is accused of failing to remove parts of the interviews deemed to be "violating the law."

Last Mod: 11 Kasım 2013, 23:05
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