Egypts Muslim Brotherhood death sentences is Failure of justice: Human

2015-04-14 01:49:52 | Al Muslim News
Egypts Muslim Brotherhood death sentences is Failure of justice: Human


Egyptian Court’s verdict to death sentence to 14 men and jail 37 others accused of ties to the Muslim Brotherhood was “politically motivated†and “blatantly unjustâ€, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
The court condemned Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 13 other leaders of the organization to death on Saturday. American-Egyptian Mohammed Soltan, who is on hunger strike, the son of a Brotherhood preacher who received a death sentence at the same hearing, was among those sentenced to life in jail.
The men were among thousands of people detained after freely elected president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in 2013 by the military under the General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with some western courtiers’ support. Sisi, who is now president, describes the Muslim Brotherhood and its members as a major security threat.
Saturday’s case was known in local media as “The Rabaa Operations Room†trial in reference to a sit-in at Rabaa square. The Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp in Cairo was dispersed by police on August 14, 2013 in a 12-hour operation which hundreds of people protesting at the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi were killed by security force, when police tried to clear the area by force.
Muslim Brotherhood says it is committed to peaceful activism and had nothing to do with militant violence in Egypt since Mursi's fall following mass protests against his rule.
Military government defended its actions, saying it had given protesters the opportunity to leave peacefully but Brotherhood initiated the violence.
Sisi government’s mass trials of Muslim Brotherhood members and people accused of links to the group, as well as its tough crackdown on Islamist and liberal opposition alike, have drawn international criticism of its military controlled judicial system and human rights record.
“It appears that the case against Muslim Brotherhood members leading to death sentences of 14 men is politically motivated,†Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s executive director for the Arab region, calling it a “a sham proceedingâ€.
A campaign to free US-educated Soltan says he was not a member of the Brotherhood and that he had spoken to global media in 2013 because of his skill to converse in fluent English and Arabic.
HRW also criticized a recent US decision, in reward; to end a freeze on military aid to Egypt at the same time as the Egypt judiciary had been passing sentences against journalists and the political opposition. Human rights activists said Washington is putting human rights on the back burner.


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