Egypt's Morsi tells judges decree limited in scope

Following widespread unrest, Egyptian president says decree limiting judiciary's authority will be limited to "sovereign" matters.

By REUTERS
November 26, 2012 22:47
1 minute read.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi speaking 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

CAIRO - Egypt's president agreed on Monday that only his decisions related to "sovereign" matters would be protected from judicial review, his spokesman said, indicating he had accepted a judiciary-proposed compromise to try to defuse a crisis.

President Mohamed Morsi had enraged opponents with a decree on Thursday that expanded his powers and put beyond legal oversight any decision he took until parliament was in place. Senior judges proposed he limit that to "sovereign matters."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


"The president said he had the utmost respect for the judicial authority and its members," presidential spokesman Yasser Ali told reporters.

He added that regarding the issue of immunity for presidential decisions, "what is intended is those that are linked to matters of sovereignty."

Ali said there had been no amendments to the decree which also shielded from legal challenge the Islamist-dominated assembly writing Egypt's new constitution and the upper house of parliament which is also controlled by Morsi's allies.

Morsi was propelled to power by the Muslim Brotherhood.

"The president and the Supreme Judicial Council confirmed their desire for no conflict or difference between the judicial and presidential authorities," Ali said.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


The decree had also ordered new investigations into crimes committed against protesters during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February, 2011, suggesting Mubarak and his aides would face retrial.

Ali said new investigations and trials would only occur "where new evidence appeared".

Morsi had also reiterated the decree was temporary and would end when a new constitution was in place and a new parliament elected.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

The aftermath of an Iranian ballistic missile strike on the Koya headquarters of the KDP-I Iranian o
November 15, 2018
Senior IRGC commander: Israeli agent killed in September strikes on Kurds

By ANNA AHRONHEIM