Egypt court overturns president's removal of prosecutor-general Keith Herting at 12:38 PM ET
[JURIST] An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday overturned the November 22 decree [Daily News Egypt report] by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] which dismissed [Al-Jazeera report] Prosecutor-General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. Morsi had removed Mahmoud from office following the acquittal of some who had been charged with murdering protesters against the rule of then-president Hosni Mubarak [JURIST news archive] during the uprising which brought Morsi to power. The decision [BBC report] was based on a constitutional clause which established that the prosecutor-general post comes with a four-year term and is not subject to presidential dismissal. The decision of the court annuls current Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah's appointment to the post. The court's ruling is not final, as it can be overturned by the Court of Cassation which is Egypt's highest appeals court.
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