The Straits Times
Published on Nov 28, 2012

Egypt's top courts suspend work in protest at Mursi


CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egypt's Cassation Court and the country's most important appeals court said on Wednesday that they would suspend their work pending a ruling on the constitutionality of President Mohamed Mursi's decree granting him immunity from judicial review.

"The Cassation Court will suspend its work starting today," the court's vice-chairman, Mr Abdel Nasser Abu al-Wafa, said after a meeting of the court's top officials.

Mr Khaled Abdellah, a judge in the Cairo and Giza Appeals Court, said after a similar meeting that his court would also suspend its work "except in cases related to corruption and personal laws".

There were chaotic scenes in both meetings as judges, divided over the Constitutional Court's latest statement, argued over what to do.