Skip to comments.Egypt court halts all work amid Islamist 'pressure'
Posted on 12/02/2012 3:33:56 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court has said it is halting all work indefinitely in protest at the "psychological pressure" it has faced.
Islamist protesters earlier prevented the judges from meeting in Cairo to rule on a draft constitution.
The supporters of President Mohammed Morsi wanted to block any ruling that would question the document's legality.
The court said that Sunday was "the blackest day in the history of Egyptian judiciary".
Sunday's developments are the latest in an unfolding confrontation between President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters on one side, and his mainly secular political opponents and the judiciary on the other.
Mr Morsi adopted sweeping new powers in a decree on 22 November that stripped the judiciary of any power to challenge his decisions, so it is unclear what effect any Supreme Constitutional Court ruling would have.
However, analysts say any ruling opposing his decisions would be a direct challenge and would bolster the opposition campaign to have his decree annulled.
Mr Morsi has said a referendum on the draft constitution will be held on 15 December. His opponents say the draft constitution undermines basic freedoms.'Democratic system'
The court issued a statement after demonstrations outside the building prevented judges from getting in.
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Yeah, if those silly judges can just be made to look the other way on that one itsy-bitsy point, all other tyrannical BS can come crashing through the main gates without anyone else being able to stop Morsi. Such a deal!
Is this nutjob’s security detail that good or is there not one capable patriot among all the Egyptians?
Muslims are all about domination. It’s always their way or they throw a wobbler - with guns.
I’m surprised it’s taken Morsi this long to go after the judiciary. Usually, when a state formerly governed by the rule of law is taken over, the judiciary is the first to go. The new enlightened dictator immediately replaces all the judges with his friends and then passes or decrees enabling acts. This was done in a lot of places in Latin American (Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador) when the new leftists got into power a few years ago.