New Justice Minister appointed
Ahmed Al-Zend has been sworn in as the new Minister of Justice for Egypt. The previous minister was forced to resign his post after making derogatory remarks.
Al-Zend (69) has a degree in Islamic Law from al-Azhar University and as well as becoming a public prosecutor went on to hold various judicial positions. From 1991 to 1996 he worked in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as head of the Sharia Courts in Ras al-Khaima (1991- 1993) and then as a legal advisor to the Crown Prince of the Ras al-Khaimah until 1996. From 2001 – 2004 he was made Head of the Tanta Sports Club and then President of Egypt’s Sports’ Court. He was made Head of the Cairo Court of Appeals in 2005 and then Chairman of the Judge’s Club in 2009.
He is known to be a strong opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Middle East Eye describes him as having a reputation for making ‘inflammatory’ remarks