The Department of State Security, DSS, has released the seven judges who were arrested over the weekend on corruption allegation.
A top security source told journalists that they were released on Sunday night on personal recognition.
They were all released on bail yesterday(Sunday) on self recognition,” one of our sources said.
“They reported this morning (Monday) and they have all gone back home. They will be coming back tomorrow,” the source said.
“They were released on bail on self recognition based on the fact that given their standing in the society, they cannot run away. They were instructed that they should come back today by 10am.
“They did report for investigation this morning and they have gone back home. And the investigation continues and preparation to charge them to court continued.”
The seven judges were part of the 15 senior judges under investigation by the security agency over corrupt practices.
The DSS source added that the judges “were allowed access to their families and they are cooperating with us. We still respect them. They are not being treated like common criminals.”
He said that there would not have been any need to arrest the judges in the manner they were arrested if the National Judicial Council had cooperated with the DSS.
The raid was “sequel to lack of cooperation by the National Judicial Council; such as refusal by the NJC to allow the affected persons to be questioned by the DSS,” the source said.
He also revealed that investigations against the judges “started some seven months ago, precisely in April 2016.”