Egypt's Court Shuts, Blames 'Psychological Assassination'

Judges blocked by pro-Morsi protesters

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 2, 2012 7:06 AM CST

(Newser) – Amid mass protests in support of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's top court went on strike indefinitely today, saying in a terse statement that "[the judges] announce the suspension of the court sessions until the time when they can continue their message and rulings in cases without any psychological and material pressures." Protesters had earlier blocked the judges from the Cairo courthouse, notes al-Jazeera, forcing the court to postpone an expected ruling on the legitimacy of the constituent assembly.

The upheaval comes in the wake of Morsi's call last night for a Dec. 15 referendum on the draft constitution crafted by the 100-member constituent assembly; judges had already vowed to boycott the referendum, further entrenching the clash between the judiciary and Morsi. Anti-Morsi protesters gathered today in Tahrir Square in response.

An Egyptian girl watches supporters of President Mohammed Morsi during a rally in front of Cairo University, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
An Egyptian girl watches supporters of President Mohammed Morsi during a rally in front of Cairo University, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell)
Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rally in front of Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rally in front of Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)
Supporters of President Mohammed Morsi, seen on T-shirt, pray a rally outside Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
Supporters of President Mohammed Morsi, seen on T-shirt, pray a rally outside Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell)
An Egyptian man holds a poster in Arabic that reads, yes to the decisions of President Morsi for stability, during a rally near the Cairo University, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
An Egyptian man holds a poster in Arabic that reads, "yes to the decisions of President Morsi for stability," during a rally near the Cairo University, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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The court registers its deep regret and pain at the methods of psychological assassination of its judges. - Statement from Egypt's top court

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