Egypt’s former president Mohammed Morsi, Islamic scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi along with 104 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death by a court on Saturday inviting widespread condemnation all over the world.
Morsi is accused of breaking out of Wadi Natroun prison with the aid of domestic and foreign militants during the January 25 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He also faces charges of killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities and espionage charges. The court will pronounce its final decision on June 2. The court verdict has drawn criticisms from the foreign governments and several human rights organizations including Amnesty International which said that the ruling reflected "the deplorable state of the country’s criminal justice system". The world nations and the UN have earlier criticised Egypt’s mass trials and sentences that were conducted in a manner inconsistent with the country’s ‘international obligations and the rule of law’.
Morsi was the first freely elected Islamist president and only president in the country’s history who did not serve in the military. He was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamist group that was declared a terrorist organization by the Egyptian authorities last year. Egyptian army chief General, Abdel Fattah el Sisi overthrew Morsi from power and suspended the country’s constitution suppressing the civil revolution killing thousands and imposing stringent restrictions on demonstrations. Sisi is on his way to transform Egypt into a despotic nation and the judiciary backs his every move. Morsi faces charges of participating in the civil revolution of 2011 in which the former president Hosni Mubarak was toppled. Mubarak and his supported had looted Egypt for 23 years embezzling public funds. The anti-democratic powers in Egypt are carrying out their agenda of ousting the freely elected government and suppressing the voices backing them with the aid of global imperialistic powers.
The court verdict is more of a murder than a death penalty. The Sisi government is using the judiciary as its political weapon. Morsi was not allowed a lawyer and was kept in a separate prison with no access to outside. No documents related to the trail are maintained. The international community as well as the UN is turning their back towards the violation of law and injustice towards the former president who made efforts to pave way for economic development of the Egypt. Mursi after coming to power had declared solidarity to the persecuted in Gaza and Syria and the ambassador in Israel was recalled. The Prime Minister was sent to Gaza and the Al Arafa border was opened. The court verdict therefore could also be seen as a retaliatory move. The Western powers have provided military assistance to Sisi. The military leaders have always been wary of their democratic counterparts. The imperialistic powers have always preferred governments that suppress the voice of the people.
The UN and the other world countries have been indifferent and silent on the matter. India should be reacting strongly towards the move. Morsi’s sentence, at present, is a blow to the democratic progress in Egypt. But it wouldn’t be so for long. The civil revolution could not be stopped. Those who fail will be the autocratic governments, the puppet judiciary and the apathetic international community.