Egyptian figures of various orientations mourned Councilor Hisham Al-Bastawisi, former deputy head of the Court of Cassation – Egypt’s highest court of appeal – who died on Saturday at the age of 70.
Al-Bastawisi, born in 1951, was one of the most important symbols of the independence movement of the judiciary in 2005, which called for the activation of the principle of the separation of powers and criticized the authoritarianism of the regime of the deceased Egyptian president. Hosni Mubarak and observers considered him one of the factors that contributed to the outbreak of the revolution of January 25, 2011. Mubarak fell after 30 years in power.
In 2006, Al-Bastawisi and his companion, Counselor Mahmoud Makki, former vice-president of the Court of Cassation, were referred to the Authority (a disciplinary council), because of their positions opposed to the political system and of their demand for independence from the judiciary in Egypt.
Al-Bastawisi resigned from the bench in 2012, for his candidacy in the presidential elections of June 2012, in which the late Mohamed Morsi won the title of the country’s first democratically elected president.