Egypt court upholds removal of Morsi's prosecutor general

July 2, 2013 11:35


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CAIRO - Egypt's top appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision to dismiss the prosecutor general appointed by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, judicial sources and the state news agency MENA said.

The decision removed public prosecutor Talaat Abdallah and ordered the return of former prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud to his post, MENA said.

Abdallah's appointment was fiercely contested by the liberal opposition, which accused him of bias towards the Islamist government and of using his position to prosecute critics of the president while turning a blind eye to human rights abuses.

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