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Egypt lawyers union: Judge who imprisoned Al-Jazeera journalists now 'terrorizing' attorneys

  • In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014 photo, judge Mohammed Shehata sits for a trial of three Al-Jazeera journalists in the police institute in Cairo, Egypt. The country's lawyers union criticized the Egyptian judge for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of prominent activist Ahmed Douma on trial over a 2011 protest, according to its statement Saturday, Nov. 22. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)

    In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014 photo, judge Mohammed Shehata sits for a trial of three Al-Jazeera journalists in the police institute in Cairo, Egypt. The country's lawyers union criticized the Egyptian judge for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of prominent activist Ahmed Douma on trial over a 2011 protest, according to its statement Saturday, Nov. 22. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 1, 2011 file photo, activist Ahmed Douma chants slogans during a march to Tahrir Square demanding the prosecution of members of former President Hosni Mubarak's government in Cairo, Egypt. The country's lawyers union criticized Egyptian judge Mohammed Shehata for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of prominent activist Douma on trial over a 2011 protest, according to its statement Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sarah Carr, File)

    FILE - In this April 1, 2011 file photo, activist Ahmed Douma chants slogans during a march to Tahrir Square demanding the prosecution of members of former President Hosni Mubarak's government in Cairo, Egypt. The country's lawyers union criticized Egyptian judge Mohammed Shehata for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of prominent activist Douma on trial over a 2011 protest, according to its statement Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sarah Carr, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 1, 2011 file photo, activist Ahmed Douma, left, joins a march to Tahrir Square demanding prosecution of members of former President Hosni Mubarak's government in Cairo, Egypt. The country's lawyers union criticized Egyptian judge Mohammed Shehata for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of prominent activist Douma on trial over a 2011 protest, according to its statement Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sarah Carr, File)

    FILE - In this April 1, 2011 file photo, activist Ahmed Douma, left, joins a march to Tahrir Square demanding prosecution of members of former President Hosni Mubarak's government in Cairo, Egypt. The country's lawyers union criticized Egyptian judge Mohammed Shehata for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of prominent activist Douma on trial over a 2011 protest, according to its statement Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sarah Carr, File)  (The Associated Press)

Egypt's lawyers union has criticized an Egyptian judge for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of a prominent activist on trial over a 2011 protest.

Judge Mohammed Shehata gained international notoriety for sentencing three Al-Jazeera English journalists to prison. Now he's been criticized by Egypt's lawyers union in a statement Saturday over the case of activist Ahmed Douma.

In Douma's trial, Shehata referred five of the six lawyers defending Douma to prosecutors for investigation, which is unprecedented in Egypt. Shehata accused them on various occasions of disrespecting him.

Douma's entire defense team has withdrawn from the case in protest. The union backed their decision, telling members to boycott Shehata's court.

Lawyer Osama al-Mahdi said the statement is an outcry to the judiciary about violations of the rules of free trials.