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Death sentence for Brotherhood chief, 13 others

Crescent International

An Egyptian court has handed down another batch of mass death sentences. The victims include leader of the Ikhwan al Muslimoon Mohamed Badie and 13 others. An additional 31 persons in prison will be sentenced on April 11. Egyptian courts have earned the dubious distinction of delivering farcical verdicts that have nothing to do with the law and everything to do with pleasing their masters in uniform.

Tuesday March 17, 2015, 16:48 DST

With the latest batch of death sentences handed down to the murshid (leader) and members of the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon (Muslim Brotherhood), Egypt has slid further into the black hole. Egyptian court condemned Ikhwan chief Mohamed Badi and 13 others to death on Monday March 16 on the farcical allegation that they were “plotting attacks aimed at sowing chaos” in the country.

The allegation stems from mid-2013 when the Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah el Sisi staged a coup and overthrew a legitimately elected government of President Mohamed Mursi in early July 2013. This was an illegal act and el Sisi should have been charged with treason. Within weeks, the military launched a massive assault on civilians camped in the streets to protest—completely peacefully—the illegal ouster of an elected president.

General el Sisi, in cohoots with the Saudis and the Zionists launched a massive attack on civilians on August 14, 2013 and slaughtered thousands of women and children. Two days later, when funerals were being held for those murdered, the regime struck again and killed several thousand more. Hundreds of Brotherhood members including all its top leadership were arrested and have languished in jails ever since.

The kangaroo trials at which the regime’s henchmen dish out sentences without any regard to legality have turned Egypt into a laughing stock of the world. Egypt under Sisi has become a basket case because tourism, the mainstay of its economy has not picked up. Why should tourists come to a country under virtual martial law and where regime-sponsored thuggery is rampant?

The medieval rulers of “Saudi” Arabia and their equally primitive allies among the Sheikhs in the Persian Gulf have pumped in nearly $20 billion into the Egyptian economy but to little avail. With more than 80 million people and thieving generals at the helm—the Egyptian military owns 40 % of the economy—the country has literally gone to the dogs.

Last weekend, there was an international conference in Sharm el Sheikh, the holiday resort town on the Red Sea, where hundreds of delegates from around the world gathered to consider ways of bailing out Egypt. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) pledged $4 billion each. Others, like the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, tried to put a positive spin on why democracy and rights of the people will have to wait while the European and American predators feast, like vultures, on the Egyptian carcass.

While the conference was not even over, the kangaroo court in Cairo passed death sentences on 14 members of the Brotherhood. This is not the first time. A year ago, another court had sentenced 52 people to death, the judge simply delivering mass judgement. The so-called judge rightly earned the epithet, the hanging judge. The defendants’ lawyer in the latest case, Ahmad Helmi branded the verdicts as “farcical”. A total of 51 suspects, including the 14 sentenced to death on Monday, are being tried in the case, 31 of whom are behind bars. The court said it would announce the verdicts against the other defendants on April 11.

The conduct of most judges in Egypt is disgraceful. It has to be since they are serving their masters in uniform. The judges are not concerned about the law; perhaps they know little about it in the first place. They are there to serve and please their masters. While they may please their earthly masters, there is the ultimate Master of all that is in the Heaven and on earth. On the Day of Judgment, these judges will have to stand before the Judge of everything and explain their criminal behaviour.

It is not difficult to surmise what the Divine verdict might be.


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