Egyptian president urges quick settlement of judges-lawyers row

10:12, June 24, 2010      

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak urged his country's judges and lawyers to end as soon as possible their row following the sentence of two lawyers to imprisonment, Egypt's Nile News TV reported Wednesday.

President Mubarak expressed his hope that "the two sides will settle this crisis as soon as possible with wisdom, prudence and the rule of law," said the report.

Members of the parliamentary committee of the ruling National Democratic Party asked Mubarak on Wednesday to intervene to put an end to the crisis.

However, Mubarak said he "did not and will never interfere in court rulings and the whole matter is left for the wise judges and lawyers to settle within the framework of mutual respect and respect of law."

Two Egyptian lawyers were sentenced on June 9 to five-year- imprisonment and each were fined 300 Egyptian pounds (about 53 U.S. dollars) over storming a prosecutor's office, beating and insulting him.

The ruling triggered anger among lawyers who have staged protests.

Source: Xinhua

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