- Egypt's Minister of Justice Ahmed al-Zind has been relieved of his post, state media says
- Days earlier Al-Zind's reference to the Prophet Mohammed in an interview sparked criticism
Ahmed al-Zind was stood down on Sunday, according to Egyptian state media.
No official reason was given for the sacking but the move comes days after al-Zind, in response to a television host's question regarding whether he would imprison journalists, answered: "Even if it was Prophet [Mohammed]."
The comment caused widespread criticism on social media and spawned a Twitter hashtag calling for him to be tried.
Al-Zind quickly issued an apology, describing the comment as a "slip of the tongue."
He had been Egypt's Justice Minister since May last year.