The Court of Appeals’ disciplinary council sent to retirement former prosecutor general Talaat Abdallah on Saturday over the charge of “eavesdropping”.
Abdallah, who was appointed as prosecutor general by ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in November 2012, and his two deputies Hassan Yassin and Ayman Al-Werdany, were banned from travel following the opening of investigations in September. The three judicial officials were accused of planting bugs in Abdallah’s office and using influence for illicit gains.
The court turned down the case filed against Yassin on Saturday, which would allow for his reinstatement, reported state-run news agency MENA.
Current Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat, who was appointed following Morsi’s removal from power last July, filed the case against the three prosecutors. The case came after he discovered bugs planted in his office as well as the offices of his deputies’ shortly after his appointment, reported MENA.
Abdallah’s appointment in November 2012 sparked controversy when Morsi removed Mubarak-era prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud and carried out the appointment himself, rather than allowing the Supreme Judiciary Council to select a new prosecutor general.