Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has ousted Prosecutor-General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud from his current post and made him ambassador to the Vatican, an aide said Thursday.

No specific reason was given, but the decision followed Wednesday’s announcement that Egyptian courts were clearing 24 people loyal to ousted President Hosni Mubarak who were charged with planning an attack against Mubarak’s opponents during the 2011 revolution, Al-Jazeera reported. Mahmoud, a Mubarak-era holdover, was accused of presenting a weak case against them.