Nothing could more graphically capture the barbarism being practiced by Egypt’s Pharaoh, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi than the sudden death of Mohamed Mursi, the first-ever democratically elected President of Egypt.
Mursi was in a cage hauled before a kangaroo court in Cairo to face a raft of charges, including espionage.
In Egypt, allegedly dangerous prisoners are put in cages like animals as if they will attack or bite the judges. This is the humiliation to which Mursi was also subjected, not just on Monday June 17 but ever since he was illegally overthrown in a military coup by el-Sisi in July 2013.
It is el-Sisi who should be standing in the dock for committing treason by overthrowing a legitimately elected president.
Mursi was kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours each day in what a group of British lawmakers described as torture and said the regime wanted to kill him.
Mursi’s son Abdullah said his father was denied medication—he suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes—and had fainted several times while incarcerated. “The regime wanted to kill him to get him out of the way,” Abdullah Mursi said.
The regime got its wish on June 17.
Mursi who had a PhD in Engineering from a US university, had just addressed the court when he suddenly collapsed and fainted.
According to Egyptian State Television, Mursi suffered a heart attack following the court hearing. His body was transferred to a hospital in preparation for burial arrangements. He was 67.
Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan called him a martyr as did a number of human rights activists in Egypt and abroad.
Mursi was the first-ever democratically elected president of Egypt. He came to power after the long-time dictator and Zionist agent Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February 2011 following several weeks of peaceful protests in the streets.
While Egypt has had a string of military dictators, Mubarak’s ouster under pressure from the masses opened the way for civilians to participate in the political process.
When the first-ever relatively free elections were held, Mursi easily won against Ahmed Shafiq, a former minister in Mubarak's regime.
Mursi's troubles, however, began immediately. The deep state run by military men and their henchmen started plotting against Mursi and his civilian government to undermine it.
Those that had benefited from the military regime were also mobilized to undermine and bring down the first-ever civilian government.
While Mursi offered concessions to the military-backed opposition groups and even appointed el-Sisi to the post of defence minister, the thugs in uniform were not satisfied.
They wanted total control. That is when the coup was staged. This was followed by a horrific massacre of civilians in two Cairo squares on August 13, 2013. Thousands of innocent civilians among them women and children were slaughtered in cold blood.
Following his ouster from power, Mursi was arrested and charged with a number of alleged crimes. He was sentenced to death, a conviction that was overturned on appeal but he continued to languish in an Egyptian prison where conditions are appalling.
There can be no other conclusion but that Mursi was murdered by the regime by denying him proper medication and proper prison conditions.
He is a martyr. The thugs in uniform will ultimately pay a price for this crime.