The interim government in Egypt has opened investigations into 75 judges who refused to cooperate with the military coup and the removal of freely-elected President Mohammed Morsi.
The presiding judge appointed by the Minister of Justice is Mohammed Shireen.
Judge Shireen issued an immediate gagging order about the process, but promised that the results of his investigations would be made public.
Many judges were involved in political activities during Morsi’s period in office. The Public Prosecution Service demanded that immunity should be lifted for judges so that some could be investigated for alleged criminal activities but the demand was rejected by the Supreme Judicial Council.