Dozens of lawyers and family members of Egyptian Bar Association head Ragaei Attia mourned his death on Saturday after he passed away during a court hearing.
Attia, also the president of the Arab Lawyers Union, was litigator of fellow lawyers from the Giza South Court accused of insulting the judiciary when he suffered a sudden attack and died instantly.
His funeral was attended by Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker, Ahmed Fathi Sorour, former Speaker of the People’s Assembly, and leaders of the Egyptian Bar Association.
Mohamed Salim al-Awa, a lawyer and former presidential candidate, also attended the funeral.
The mourners performed the funeral prayer in the Omar Makram Mosque and his body was transferred to the family cemetery in the city of October 6. The Bar Association announced a three-day mourning within the union, while the journalists’ and doctors’ unions mourned the loss.
Arab Lawyers Union Secretary General Makkawi bin Issa also offered his condolences on Attia’s death.
Attia graduated from law school in 1959 and worked as a lawyer defending several prominent cases for six decades.
His main contributions were in public works and left behind dozens of publications and books in the legal, religious and literary fields.