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Judges ousted for opposing coup against Egypt's Islamist president lose appeal

Egypt's top judicial disciplinary council has rejected appeals by 31 judges who were forced into early retirement for rejecting the military overthrow of an Islamist president.

Official news agency Mena said on Monday that the judges are members of the Judges For Egypt movement, which opposed the military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood.

The group is accused of having violated impartiality rules by getting involved in politics.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led the military overthrow of Mr Morsi in July 2013.

Some of the judges read a televised statement supporting Mr Morsi's "legitimacy" while at a sit-in by his supporters in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya square. Security forces killed hundreds of protesters when they dispersed the sit-in in August 2013.

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