Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Other News
Rights Activist Urges Constitutional Court to Drop Case Against Brotherhood Lawyers
Rights Activist Urges Constitutional Court to Drop Case Against Brotherhood Lawyers
Denouncing total lack of media support for lawyers Alhafi and Abdel-Maksoud rights activist Borai urges Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court to drop the case against them without further delay.
Saturday, September 1,2012 17:11

 Dr. Negad Al-Borai, Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist, expressed surprise at the lack of a strong reaction from the lawyers’ union to the case of Muslim Brotherhood lawyers Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maksoud and Nasser Alhafi, who were referred to the criminal court on charges of insulting the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC).


In an article in the independent newspaper 'Al-Masry Al-Youm', Borai Said: "Without lawyers, many intellectuals and thinkers would be in prisons now. Alhafi and Abdel-Maksoud were put on trial because they used their right to legal defense before the SCC – a right guaranteed to them by international law and the Constitution, and protected by the penal code".

Borai asked the SCC to withdraw immediately and without delay its case against the lawyers Alhafi and Abdel-Maksoud, “SCC judges know that the right of a lawyer to defense shall be maintained and respected".

"I call on the Bar Association to form a legal team, led by the chairman of the Bar, to defend our colleagues, to meet with SCC judges and urge them to withdraw their complaint. Because no law allows lawyers to be prosecuted themselves for defense efforts made in any case, even if defense arguments included what may be perceived as defamatory statements or slander.

"All Egyptian players rose in defense of the freedom of the media and its work when Al-Dostour newspaper’s editor-in-chief and the owner of TV Channel Al-Faraeen were put on trial, suddenly turning them into symbols of freedom, with all kinds of lawyers and politicians competing in their defense.

"Now, we do not hear one voice in defense of the protectors of freedom, simply because they have a certain political leaning."

Borai said that intimidation of lawyers will reflect negatively on the right of the accused to defense and the right of judges to relevant facts and information.

 

 

tags: Egyptians / Muslim Brotherhood / Constitution / Negad Al-Borai / Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maksoud / Nasser Alhafi / Criminal Court / Supreme Constitutional Court

Posted in Other News  
Add Comment Send to Friend Print
Related Articles
100 Freedoms Articles Drafted in Egypt’s New Constitution for All Egyptians
No Political Role for Military Establishment in New Egyptian Constitution, Says Brotherhood
Erian to Al-Ahram Newspaper: President Morsi Does Not Succumb to Pressure
Presidential Statement Affirms Respect for Constitution, Judiciary and Judges
People’s Assembly Sessions to Discuss Implementation of Constitutional Court Ruling
Political Science Professors and Legal Experts: Morsi Has Corrected Parliament Dissolution Error
Constitutional Court Confirms Validity of Morsi Decree Rescinding Military Council Decision
Ashri: President Morsi Reinstates Parliament, Siding with Popular Will and Rule of Law
Adviser to the President: New Committee is Formed to Re-Investigate Killing of Revolutionaries
Katatni Denies Lodging Complaint with the President About Dissolution of Parliament
Erian: Our Hands Are Extended to Build and safeguard This Homeland
Ashri: Freedom and Justice Party to Appeal SCAF’s Disbanding of Parliament
Muslim Brotherhood Statement on The Complementary Constitutional Declaration
Freedom and Justice Party Rejects SCAF's Coup D'état against Democracy
Brotherhood: Parliament was Created by Popular Will; Can Only Be Dissolved by Popular Will
Freedom and Justice Party Statement to The Great Egyptian People: Defend The Revolution and Your Free Will
People’s Assembly Speaker’s Press Statement on Parliament Dissolution Decision
Freedom and Justice Party Executive Office Statement on Constitutional Court Rulings
Muslim Brotherhood Statement on Constitutionality of Disenfranchisement Law Decision
Morsi Central Campaign's Statement on Constitutional Court Rulings