Egypt Condemns Reactions After Morsi Death Sentence As “Ignorant”

Egypt Condemns Reactions After Morsi Death Sentence As “Ignorant”


Egypt denounced the critical reactions that poured in after a Cairo court referred ousted president Mohamed Mursi to the Grand Mufti, saying on Sunday that comments on the trial reflect “ignorance”.

On Saturday, the Cairo Criminal Court referred Mursi and 105 other defendants to the Grand Mufti to issue his opinion on handing them death sentences, for escaping from a prison. A referral to the mufti is a step that must be taken within Egypt’s court system ahead of handing a death sentence.

In response to global reactions, the Egyptian State Information Services (SIS) said in a statement that the defendants are not being tried in “exceptional courts” and that all litigation procedures are guaranteed in order to ensure that trials are fair.

In a separate statement, the Foreign Ministry reiterated that it is inappropriate to comment on the decisions and verdicts issued by the Egyptian judiciary, because of the implicit “intervention in Egypt’s internal affairs”, which is “rejected in form and substance.”

Criticism was leveled by several groups and countries, including the pro-Mursi Anti-Coup Alliance, the Palestinian Hamas movement, international watchdog Amnesty International, Turkey and the United States.

Among the most recent reactions is that of Qatar-based Egyptian cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi, one of the people whose papers were referred to the Grand Mufti. He said in a video aired today on Al Jazeera that “all of these verdicts are of no value.”

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said it has followed the reactions with “extreme disappointment”.

In an espionage case, where Mursi is also a defendant, the court also decided yesterday to refer 16 defendants to the Grand Mufti to give an opinion on sentencing them to death but a decision on Mursi’s fate in this case and 19 other defendants will be issued on June 2.

SIS said in its statement that comments on the court’s decisions show “inaccuracy”, given that the judge has not issued a verdict in either of the cases.

It said that in case death sentences are issued, the defendants have the right to appeal before the Court of Cassation, adding that the prosecution will appeal the decision, even if the defendants do not.

Mursi, who climbed to power becoming Egypt’s president in June 2012, was eventually ousted after a year at the hands of the military, following mass protests against his rule.

He has since been accused of several charges and stood as defendant in various trials.

He still faces trial for insulting the judiciary, as well as a separate espionage case.

A Cairo court sentenced Mursi last month to 20 years of maximum security prison for charges of show of force and detention associated with physical torture during deadly protests in 2012. He was nevertheless acquitted of murder charges.

Since Mursi’s ouster, Muslim Brotherhood leaders and prominent figures have often found themselves behind bars and facing courts. He and his support base consider the power change which saw his removal a coup.

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  • Marcus77

    only Ignorant here is Sisi and his followers, Egypt is a primitive country will never have democracy

  • 198

    At least the country is seeing progress…something it would have NEVER seen if Morsi was still in charge. So all those non Egyptians who have an opinion, give up because the Egyptians are doing well without you.

    • mkvali

      a nation of beggars who claim progress , go sell your a§§ to your arab overlords without them egypt will be eating sand !

    • Ahmed A. Elhawary

      What fucking progress… Read foreign economic indices…

      • k123

        Compare Egypt’s economy then and now. End of. Obviously a country with so many issues isn’t going to be completely healed within a couple of years. It would obviously take decades. But no let’s all be uneducated and get the brotherhood back yeh that’s a great idea isn’t it. So Egypt can be represented by a disabled individual who cannot even speak in public. Seriously wake up, Egypt will never see democracy like the western world because the people are not ready for that. all in good time.

        • tvcaldwell

          Well I am not going to prescribe who should lead Egypt as it is the Egyptian people who should be deciding it not a few people with guns and their cronies in the judiciary, police and the rest of the deep state. And clearly the Egyptian people had given their opinion – not once or twice, but five times, that is, every time after the demise of this military tyrant’s predecessor Mubarak. Perhaps next time they would have got less votes, perhaps they would not have been in power, but we will never know.

          What we do know, and what subsequent events prove, that the military themselves were in no doubt that no matter which candidate they put against the Brotherhood they would be defeated. The deep state including the corrupt judiciary, the inept oppressive police, the coptic church which is held hostage by the corporate thug and Mubarak crony Naguib Sawiris all felt they could never be able to challenge an organisation which has such deep roots in the society such as the Brotherhood has. They knew that whereas they (the military, judiciary and their cronies) have built their fortunes at the expense of the millions of Egyptians for six decades, the Brotherhood had served them selflessly for exactly the same duration of time, and a lot of that when they were underground and had no hope of taking on the reins of power from the military.

          The military and the deep state knew that. Which is why they never took the risk of facing them in the elections and reverted back to their tried and failed tactics of oppression, torture, jailing, banning and murder. These enemies of the people and the state have taken Egypt back decades. They have not learnt anything from their experience of the last six decades of misrule. Now they have put a megalomaniac whose upper chamber is devoid of any ideas other than killing, banning and locking up those who oppose his misrule. This guy can’t put two coherent sentences together but more importantly he is cast out of the same mould as Gaddafi, Assad, Ben Ali, Saddam, Mubarak, the likes of which we have come to see so often in these Arab countries. They start off with a coup saying they have no intention to cling to power, then say they have to take power reluctantly at the wishes of the people, then they stay in power for decades, then hand over to their sons, and then …. comes the moment of truth.

          • k123

            Seriously, this essay is of no use. First of all the Egyptian people went out and specifically asked for Sisi to take over and I was there so I know it. Secondly the military was not in doubt that they would be defeated by the Brotherhood, the people voted for Morsi and the people also protested to get rid of him end of. The majority clearly are fine with it otherwise you would have seen another revolution on the streets. Egyptians now just need to stop moaning and go to work and work together to help improve the country.

          • tvcaldwell

            At least you agree that the military had no doubt they would be defeated by the Brotherhood backed FJP at the next elections. In my opinion the Brotherhood should not have formed the FJP so early. They should have kept working to complete the revolution so that all remnants of the deep state were rendered ineffective before civilian rule could take over.

            It was inevitable, and subsequent events prove, that the military and the deep state would do everything in their power to hold on to their grip on power so they could keep enjoying their merry ways that they had become used to for the last six to seven decades. It was wishful thinking of the Brotherhood to imagine these vested interests would ever let civilian rule take hold in the politics of the country. To the US and the Zionists it was even more uncomfortable as civilian rule had the potential of giving rise once again to awkward questions about ending the occupation of Palestine and the rights of Palestinians, something they clearly don’t want to negotiate. To the Saudis the desire for civilian rule is always a huge concern. In their minds they feared the winds of change could go in their direction after civilian rule and democracy got bedded into the social and political fabric of Egypt in a few years, so they had to intervene on the side of the Egyptian military. They had earlier expressed displeasure when the US did not intervene on behalf of Mubarak for the sake of “stability”.

            From the day the military sacrificed Mubarak in an attempt to keep themselves relevant to Egyptian politics, the Saudis started working on the project to destabilise the elected government of FJP. In this they were helped by the corrupt Egyptian military, the extremist salafi Al Nour party which Saudis back, the extremely corrupt Judiciary, the inept and criminal police, and the cronies of Mubarak (subsequently cronies of Sissy) such as Sawiris who has Tawadros in his pockets. Sawiris openly bragged how he bank-rolled Tamarod with the help of Emirati and Saudi sheikhs and convinced Sissy to overthrow the civilian government.

            All this should have been expected by the Brotherhood as they had seen enough in the six to seven decades of their struggle against the military state machinery. Yet, they let go as soon as the military said they would let Mubarak be replaced. They were naive to think the deep state would just let them rule without interference. We could see from so far that this was a ploy by the military to keep their foot in the door (of power).

            The Brotherhood should have rallied the people and insisted upon the military’s removal from any role in the politics of the country just as they did in Turkey. They should have insisted that Egypt reject the annual US $1.6 billion US aid to the military which does nothing for the Egyptian people and not much for the Egyptian military either in as far as the main purpose of their existence is concerned, which is to have a modern, efficient fighting force to fight for the country against the enemy. Instead this annual gift to the military ensures the military is engaged with business and politics and the US retains a conduit of meddling in the affairs of the country with a view of having compliant rulers so that the status quo can be maintained, so that the interests of the Zionists are not challenged.

            Now the Brotherhood are on familiar ground once again. Just as they had been agitating for the bulk of their eighty years of existence, they have to do it again. Hopefully, they will learn the lesson next time when the winds of revolution blows in Egypt. They must not let the military or any element of the Judiciary or police negotiate a foothold for themselves from which they could conspire to work against sabotaging the civilian governments. Legislation should be passed to make it an act of treason to bring down an elected government using arms which are meant to fight against the external enemy not to oppress their own citizens. All Mubarak/Sissy appointed judges and police should be retired from service. Bureaucrats appointed by the military into civilian roles should also be retired too and an audit conducted of all such people’s assets and liabilities. Independent committees should be formed to appoint people to Judiciary and and other civilian roles which require transparency and separate them from the executive authority. The Judiciary particularly needs a thorough cleanup. Those judges who have been making (political) speeches in the court should be the first one to go. The others should be tested on their knowledge about due process, rules of evidence, and perception of fair process.

          • k123

            Why do you clearly fail to see that the brotherhood failed as a government and the people went out to get rid of them. There is no competition between the Brotherhood and the military, the 30 million people clearly asked for the military to take over. There’s no denying of that fact.

          • tvcaldwell

            I ca’t accept that they failed because there were those who seemed to be all to ready to try to make it appear as if they were failing, and then conspired to overthrow it before the end of the term.

            I am not particularly fond of the Brotherhood but if this is your argument against the elected government, I know who I would rather back. The choice is simple in this case. A party that was elected by the people, not once or twice, but every time, (that is, five times) after the demise of Mubarak. This was at a time when all the elements of the deep state – the military, Judiciary, police, and corporate cronies, were still in place by and large, and conspiring openly to sabotage the elected government. A group that had a track record of serving the people for decades through their network of schools, hospitals and social welfare organisations, much of it while they were underground with no chance or desire to get to power. A party that has a wide array of talented professional people – doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects, professors, you name it, unmatched by any other party or other institution in the country, not even the military. A party that had not been even slightly tainted by corruption.

            Contrast to that, we see the military regime with its backers in the Judiciary, police, and corporate cronies such as Sawiris who openly boasted how he convinced the military that they had the opportunity to take power again. A military that had a track record of oppressing its people for decades. A military that had taken away all basic human rights of the people and were ruling as if they owned the country for the benefit of themselves and their cronies in the Judiciary, police, and bureaucracy. A military that runs 40% of the business in Egypt and has been looting and plundering the country for decades at the expense of common Egyptians.

            I know which ones Egyptians will choose – the same one they chose every time there was a proper election. Sissy knows that too and I suspect you do too. That is why the FJP and Brotherhood had to be banned. But I don’t think that will save Sissy. He will be sacrificed by the military just as Mubarak was when the time comes again.

          • k123

            The vast majority of people supported Sisi to overthrow Morsi, if not you would have seen another revolution. You seem to have some awkward facts about what happened, were you even there !?Egyptians now just need to stop looking at the past and look to the future. At least Sisi knew how to hold an economic conference, something the brotherhood would have no idea how to even plan. Blessed be Egypt.

          • tvcaldwell

            Ask your gods to test that among the people! Throughout history and throughout the region there have been numerous instances when these military despots took over power by force and try to argue that people were behind them. Note, they do this more than elected governments because they feel they have to demonstrate some legitimacy after overthrowing civilian rule. That is why you will see them organize big rallies in their support. Saddam, Assad, Gaddafi, Ben Ali, Ali Saleh, and your previous god Mubarak also used to do that. Note, all these people are/were from the military people, they all ruled for decades in their countries, and they all used the same narratives to seek legitimacy for their rule. Sissy has already mentioned 25 years as his time-frame. The symptoms are exactly the same. The slight difference is that most of them were satisfied with showing above 90% support for them through sham elections. Sissy had to show he is more popular than the others so he went for over 97%.

            Along with a decline in the economy and society, another thing you will see in such tyrannical rule is that these people coming out from time to time with pie-in-the-sky schemes and ridiculous claims as if to suggest God is behind their rule. Thus, we will see them building new capitals, claim they found cure for the HIV disease, claim to have organised an economic conference, build twenty mosques, etc etc. All these are meant to be canon fodder for their ignorant lackeys to peddle. They don’t realize how comical such talk sounds and that people can see through it.

            So good luck with your economic conference. I am sure they did not discuss how to stop money being siphoned away by the military regime.

    • Marcus77

      for now when it comes to pay the loans you be crying, enjoy been slave to Israel

      • 198

        Better than being a slave to the Brotherhood…

  • Ramez Magdy

    sisi’ regime is a close clone of Stalinist type. His kangaroo type courts
    have been busy handing down death sentences by the scores!
    Sissi is a clone of Mubarak. Both wear uniform and have no respect for democracy.
    Mr. Morsi was the first ever democratically elected President. He was removed via an illegitimate coup by the Egyptian army.
    Historically, Egypt has been ruled by men in uniform. From Gamal Nasser to Mubarak and back again this bloody dictator that has been Egypt’s misfortune.

    The much vaunted Arab spring has turned to Arabian Nightmare!

    • Ahmed A. Elhawary

      Amen… :'(

  • tvcaldwell

    These cronies of the military dictatorship have no clue about the processes of justice. Most of them were appointed by another military tyrant by the name of Mubarak who ruled Egypt for about 30 years. The current military tyrant has hinted that he wants to be there for 25 years. (Essentially what he said was that it will take 25 years for Egypt to get democracy).

    • Ramez Magdy

      The little dictator of the Nile thinks that by licking Israel’s hand
      he can do whatever he wants and still be safe from enlightened Western

      Yet, history teaches us what will happen. The bloodthristy coupsters
      and their enablers will answer to justice delivered by the oppressed.

  • Commander_Chico

    Even on its own terms, a death sentence for escaping from prison is outrageous.

    Not to mention that Morsi was a political prisoner, not a murderer, rapist or robber.

    • It’s not about just his escaping. It is the violence and burning buildings, murdering prison guards, and bringing in foreign elements into the country.

      • Ahmed A. Elhawary

        You’re an idiot…

      • tvcaldwell

        If that was the case, where is the due process and rules of evidence that should establish these crimes.

        If that was the case, then why are you not saying anything about violence committed by the other side, the military coup supporters who had killed so many more? Arguably then, there is a much stronger case against Sissy on the same ground because that had been witnessed by people on their screens throughout the world, whereas what you are alleging against the President of Egypt is just stories in the absence of evidence.

        If that was the case, why did Sissy take up the job in the civilian government?

        Lot of questions to answer. I don’t think the corrupt Judiciary can answer or has the will to answer any of these.

        • What people are you talking about were killed, what violence by the other side? You must be talking about Rabba Addawayya? You did not see the live videos residents took from their balconies?
          About 650 people were killed, of which 65% were “armed” MB who had machine guns shooting at police, 15% were unidentified bodies which were old (dead for a few days or more), but not unidentifiable because they were so badly tortured, and 20% were police.
          Lots of questions you have without specifics. From where do you get this information? BBC / CNN / Al Jazeera? Do you have access to Egyptian or Middle East news sources? Speak Arabic?
          Where was the due process? I think there has been a trial, ongoing for a couple of years, which is how the verdict was delivered and the sentence determined.

          • tvcaldwell

            What you are saying deserves to be in a comedy show except that Bassam Youssef had to leave the country because the tyrant would not accept even one little bit of criticism even from a person who did his utmost to help Sissy with his coup through his constant abuse of the elected President and his exhortations to ask the military to take back the reign of power again.

            The most comical thing is when you talk about due process and the Egyptian judiciary in the same breath. The judiciary which has shown a perverse alacrity to pass death sentence on hundreds of people in summary trials lasting not even an hour, something that would put a kangaroo court to shame. Some of these convicted people were dead for many years, some were not even in the country. And people like you call it due process!

            Where did we get this information? Well you know Mubarak, Sadat and Nasser were able to hide a lot of their misdeeds, even then the world found out in the end. Today, it is much more difficult to hide these crimes. See how the inner circle of the regime itself leaks the information. Possibly someone is disgruntled with the share of the loot. We will be seeing more and more of such revelations. Other than that, the world has progressed a lot in technology in case you did not notice. Thanks also to a lot of brave, conscientious journalists and people on the ground who take great risks to seek news and information.

            But to answer your question, we saw what the military putschists were doing right from our bedrooms, while it was unfolding and read about it from many sources in the aftermath. In case you did not notice, there are many media outlets in the world other than those the regime banned because they did not act as the regime’s mouthpiece after the coup. The regime is fearful of a freedom of speech and independent media.

            That is why the regime is so desperate to get the media under their control, if need be by terrorizing them, as yet another one of the leaks revealed. They are trying to get rid of all foreign journalists and making sure that the local journalists do not say anything against the military regime.

            My knowing Arabic does not matter at all. This is the age of information and internet. The public will suss you out in no time, what narrative is true and what is canon fodder meant for public consumption. There is no place to hide. But to answer your question, yes I do speak Arabic fluently along with four other languages but that is not relevant here. What is relevant here is that by all accounts except for the Egyptian regime controlled media and their international bankrollers such as the Saud family, this is a murderous regime bent on establishing the eternal rule of the military where all institutions of the country, particularly the Judiciary will always do their bidding.

          • It’s senseless to discuss anything with a brainwashed person, anyone who keeps using certain buzzwords repeatedly is brainwashed. We saw from our bedrooms? Then show your videos. Many other Egyptians who live in Rabba posted videos they took from their mobile phones, and it doesn’t describe the same thing as you.

            I don;t like to talk too much, make long posts, or read long posts. I look at facts, not theory. So if you have any of these videos of what you saw from your bedroom, then post it. Long posts with lectures full of buzzwords, mean nothing.

          • tvcaldwell

            facts and military cronies don’t go together

            Who is brainwashed here? Let people make their judgement.

          • Just as I thought, no videos from your bedroom. Case closed.

          • tvcaldwell

            Do a Google and find for yourself! It is all there in the public domain and you know it. You are hanging your hat on one line – bedroom videos. I have said a lot of other things about the coup military regime and responded to one of your silly outburst as well.

            Who is brainwashed here? How about saying something that shows YOU are not brainwashed? You said you don’t like to talk too much. Well that is not required. The regime just wants you to regurgitate a few lines. You don’t, you CAN’T say much, can you?

          • LOL, who is regurgitating all of the buzz words. I believe it was you who started this whole thing saying you had videos you took from your bedroom window? I asked you yo show those videos. Which you obviously do not have, or else you would not say to look them up on google. You would be happy to expose the truth and happy to post them, rather than to be on the internet being an antagonist to others and not able to have a respectful conversation. You have proved yourself to be a liar. That one line bedroom videos is now a minor point? It is a more major than anything you have had to say, so if you have some videos that you took from your bedroom that expose the truth, then lets see them. All of this blah blah blah, is useless and stupid. You claim to have videos you took from your bedroom window that show the truth. So let’s see it! Liar! You are not even in Egypt! I will not answer or respond any more to this post.


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