Egypt’s prosecutor general appointed by Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has withdrawn his resignation days after submitting it in a move expected to cause uproar ahead of a key vote on the country’s draft constitution.
Talaat Abdullah told reporters today he initially submitted his resignation “under pressure” from prosecutors holding a sit-in in front of his office on Monday.
Fellow prosecutors accused him of pressuring a judge not to release some 130 anti-Morsi protesters taken into custody this month.
The judge had been investigating the December 5 clashes between Muslim Brotherhood members and anti-Morsi protesters – one of the tensest moments Egypt has seen in recent weeks.
In a speech, Mr Morsi said detainees had confessed they were paid to attack his supporters, a charge the judge rejected.