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Administrative Judiciary obliges Cairo University to return Dr. Shadi Al-Ghazali Harb to his work as an assistant professor of medicine in Al-Qasr Al-Ainy

Yesterday, Tuesday, 19th of July 2022, the Administrative Court of Justice ruled to overturn the negative decision of the President of Cairo University and Dean of the Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine, to refrain from handing over the work to Dr. Shadi Al-Ghazali Harb, assistant professor and faculty member at the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University.

The lawyers of the Egyptian Center had filed a lawsuit before the Administrative Court, requesting the annulment of the university’s negative decision, refusing to hand the plaintiff his work. The facts of the case date back to March 2020 after the defendant was released pending case No. 621 of 2018 Supreme State Security, in which the plaintiff remained in pretrial detention for two years.

After he was released, he applied to receive and return to his work to college. However, the administrative authority, in violation of the law and the abuse of its authority, had refrained from handing him over his work, which prevented him from being promoted to the rank of professorship. In addition to depriving him of his wages for the period of abstinence that reached two years.

The court established its ruling in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 81 of 2016 regarding the civil service, as it is considered the general legislation for employment provisions. It applies to employees of public bodies in matters not stipulated by laws and decrees establishing them. As the provisions of the articles of the Universities Organizing Law are devoid of provisions for faculty members to return to their work after serving a period of pretrial detention, the Civil Service Law becomes the applicable law on this issue.

The court considered that the failure to issue a final verdict in the case in which the plaintiff was imprisoned, is not an impediment to starting work. It was the duty of the university to enable the plaintiff to launch his work, after returning from pretrial detention. Which is the matter with which the court decided that the university’s negative decision to refrain from handing over the plaintiff to work in the Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, and the consequences of that.