NewsNorth AfricaIs the Muslim Brotherhood being persecuted in Egypt?


Posted on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:57

Is the Muslim Brotherhood being persecuted in Egypt?

In Egypt, since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013, protests have been violently suppressed and many thousands put in jail. Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood say they are being victimized.


Yes Since 3 July, [which] I call a coup, there have been 8,000 dead and 20,000 political arrests. At first, leaders of the Brotherhood and allied parties got arrested. Then, after the dispersal of the anti-coup sit-ins in August, the arrests became much more arbitrary. The police started taking anyone they suspected of being a Brotherhood member. If the charges mention something against the security of the country, it is 45 days of renewable provisory detention. They often do not have real evidence. They keep people in overcrowded rooms and often inside the police stations. It is very common for the hearings to take place not in the prosecutor's office, but in the police stations, and the lawyers cannot attend. All of it is even more common since last December when the government officially declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group. But no terrorist attack is directly related to the Brotherhood. Twice over this past month, defendants were sentenced to death with no lawyer in the court. This political crackdown is happening because of economic interests of those who hail from the Hosni Mubarak regime, and the army, who do not want to let any dissenting voice threaten their expected victory in the upcoming elections. ● Ahmed Helmy - Egyptian Lawyer specialised in political cases.




No The Muslim Brotherhood poses a threat to this country, its existence and its very being. The Brotherhood is either directly or indirectly implicated in what has happened since this summer: terrorist attacks targeting security officials, policemen, army personnel, state buildings, Christians [...] Terrorism is a threat that is to be confronted with all possible means. There are no random arrests. The special courts for terrorism that have been established last December follow the same laws as all the other courts in the country. They just want to be quicker, as there are hundreds and hundreds of terrorism cases. These are not political cases. There are tons of evidence which will be presented in due time to the courts. The judiciary system is also trying officials of the Mubarak era. The judiciary is not politicised. This government does not want to exercise oppression against any political party, but we want to stick to the roadmap: first the new constitution, which has been overwhelmingly approved, and then presidential and parliamentary elections. We invited them to take part in the transitional process; they refused. We are walking a very thin line, we need to protect the state and its citizens and not violate human rights. ● Hany Salah - Spokesman, Egyptian Cabinet of Ministers

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