Dismissed justice minister Ahmed Al-Zind is set to stand trial on 4 June along with TV presenter Ahmed Mousa in a slandering case that was filed by the recently dismissed head of the Central Auditing Organisation (CAO) Hisham Geneina.
The Cairo Criminal Court will rule over the case filed by Geneina.
The case is one of a series of lawsuits exchanged between the two former officials, Al-Zind and Geneina, and this latest episode dates back to last year when the former justice minister, then head of the Judges Club, was hosted by Mousa on his talk show. Mousa and Al-Zind insulted Geneina and the former head of the Judges Club Zakaria Abdel Aziz among others, accusing them of being a “gang” and hinting that they were “puppets” of the Muslim Brotherhood, according the Geneina lawsuit.
The disputes between Al-Zind and Geneina are deep-rooted and go back to the Hosni Mubarak era, when the former CAO head was among a pro-reform group of judges called the “Independence Current” and Al-Zind was considered pro-regime.
Both officials were dismissed by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in March.
Al-Zind was dismissed in the wake of a social media backlash calling for his immediate resignation and accusing him of “religious contempt” after he made an inflammatory remark about the prophet Mohammed. Geneina was released following his claim that government corruption in 2015 amounted to EGP 600bn.