New Egypt justice minister sworn in after judges gaffe
He fervently opposed Mohamed Morsi, the one-year president who rose from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood and was ousted in 2013 by then army chief Sisi.
Saber’s remarks that led to his resignation came in a television interview.
Judges are “lofty and have status”, and must come from “a respectable milieu”, Saber said. If a son of a cleaner were to work as a judge, “he would get depressed and won’t continue”.
After an outcry on social media, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said two days later on May 11 that he had accepted Saber’s resignation.
Since Sisi toppled Morsi, international human rights advocates have accused the authorities of using the judiciary in their bloody crackdown on the Islamist’s supporters.
The judiciary has handed down harsh verdicts against members of the political opposition, with hundreds of Islamists sentenced to death over violent protests.
On Saturday, Morsi himself was sentenced to death along with 100 others for their role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising that ended the rule of his own predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.