SULTAN JESSA: Egypt sentencing condemned

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Mass death sentences in Egypt have sparked outrage around the civilized world.

Rights groups, the United States and the European Community have expressed grave concern at court verdict against 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Simply put this is outrageous.

An Egyptian court sentenced these people to death after just two sessions of a mass trial stemming from an attack on a police station that left one police officer dead.

The verdicts against supporters of the ousted Mohamed Morsi, the former democratically elected president of Egypt, are subject to appeal.

Lawyers are working on the appeal and most likely these sentences will be overturned.

Egyptian authority moved with extreme swiftness and harshness of the rulings on such a large scale.

How can a trial against these many people last only a couple of days?

There is no doubt the current authority wants a complete crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since he was overthrown last July.

Amnesty International has also condemned these sentences.

The organization said it was the largest single batch of simultaneous death sentences it had seen in recent years in the world.

This was certainly not a fair trial.

How can anyone take solace from an assurance from Egyptian authority that the judiciary is completely independent and is not influences in any way by the executive branch of the government?

Defense lawyers were not given time to review all the evidence to review the prosecution case.

Many of the accused were tried in absentia.

Let us hope this ruling will be overturned.

The defendants were charged with murder, attempted murder, joining an outlawed group aiming at toppling the regime and stealing government weapons in connection with the attack last August on a police station in Matay south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

The violence was part of rioting around the country that erupted after security forces stopped two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo in August, killing more than 600 people.

Reports from Egypt suggest the judge brought the case to a close after just two sessions and refused to allow the defense to complete their case.

At least 1,400 people have been killed in the crackdown on Morsi’s supporters.

Egypt, once considered a power house in the ever-tense Middle East, would love to see life return to normal.

But, this painful process is slow and uncertain.

This nation of 85 million people has endured divisions more than six months after the ouster of Islamist president Morsi and more than three years after autocrat Hosni Mubarak was overthrown.

Morsi was deposed in a coup following days of protests by millions of Egyptians demanding the Islamist president leave and accusing him of abusing his powers.

Since then Morsi supporters have been fighting back, staging demonstrations and demanding that their democratically elected leader be reinstated.

During the rule of the former President Hosni Mubarak there was relative peace and stability.

There was room for everyone in Egypt and people following other religions were safe.

Egypt’s new leaders have urged everyone to help rebuild the democratic path and integrate in the political process.

Despite heavy security, a dozen people were killed in sporadic violence with protesters burning tires and pelting police with rocks and firebombs.

 Egypt likes peace to return to their country.

But, the mass sentencing is not the way to proceed.

Organizations: Muslim Brotherhood, European Community

Geographic location: Egypt, United States, Matay Cairo Middle East

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