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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Hamada El Sawi appointed as Egypt’s new prosecutor general

MOVES- El Sisi appoints Hamada El Sawi as new Prosecutor General: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a decree appointing counselor Hamada El Sawi as the country's new Prosecutor General, succeeding Nabil Sadek whose term ends on September 19, according to a State Information Service statement. Sawy, a long-serving judge and senior prosecutor, was assigned to the technical office of the Cairo Appeals Court in 2015. He also held positions such as head of the Justice Ministry’s National Center for Judicial Studies and the chief appellant in the Institute for Criminal Research and Training. He was in charge of the investigation of the 2016 St. Peter Church bombings and was the judge leading a corruption investigation into state newspaper Al Ahram's advertising policies, according to Egypt Today. Sadek held the post for four years following the assassination of his predecessor, Hesham Barakat, who was killed in a car bombing in June 2015. Reuters also has the story.

This is the first time El Sisi has appointed a Prosecutor General directly since the constitution was amended in April. El Sisi was granted the power to choose the prosecutor general from a pool of senior candidates pre-selected by the judiciary following the constitutional amendments that were passed in April. The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, and the Supreme Constitutional Court, from some nominees.

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