Caretaker Prosecutor General Appointed in Egypt – Prosecution Official

A caretaker prosecutor general was appointed in Egypt on Wednesday, two days after the assassination of Egypt’s top prosecutor, a prosecution official said.

Ali Omran, the public prosecution’s director of judicial inspection, will carry out the tasks of the prosecutor general starting Wednesday.

Zakaria Abdel Aziz Othman, the assistant prosecutor general, said Omran was appointed as per the judiciary law, being the most senior prosecutor in the office.

A new prosecutor general will be officially appointed within days, Othman said.

Late Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat died in hospital on Monday after a bomb targeted his motorcade, making him the first top official to be assassinated in Egypt since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July 2013, following mass protests against his rule.

Local and global condemnations for Barakat’s assassination quickly poured in, from the White House, France and the United Nations, among others.

Barakat was appointed as Egypt’s prosecutor general in July 2013, shortly after Mursi’s ouster. He replaced Talaat Abdallah, whose appointment as top prosecutor by Muslim Brotherhood politician and then-president Mohamed Mursi in November 2012 prompted nationwide protests.