S.African lawyers celebrate after Sisi cancels trip

Lawyers vow to continue to pursue case against Egyptian leader until he is tried in an international court

S.African lawyers celebrate after Sisi cancels trip

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Members of the South African Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) announced their victory after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi canceled his trip to attend the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg.

“We are very happy to hear that el-Sisi has cancelled his trip. It is a victory for us,” attorney Yousha Tayoub, an MLA member, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

The MLA had filled an official legal request on Wednesday to have the Egyptian President arrested when he arrived in South Africa to attend the AU summit.

The lawyers claimed in their court application that Sisi committed war crimes and crimes against humanity that resulted from the 2013 coup in Egypt when he ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

Tayoub said they will continue to pursue their case against the Egyptian leader until he is tried in an international court for the crimes they believe he committed.

“Our case against el-Sisi is not yet over. We shall continue to pursue him - and whenever he comes to South Africa, he will be arrested,” Tayoub said Thursday.

Tayoub said they have organized a protest against Egyptian authorities on Friday at the AU Summit demanding for the release of Dr. Sheikh Abdussalam Bassiouni, a South Africa citizen of Egyptian origin who was arrested in Egypt.

“Our protest will continue as planned,” he said.

Bassiouni was accused of being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and was arrested by Egyptian authorities when he visited Egypt six months ago.

Ibrahim Vadwa, a researcher at the Media Review Network, a South African advocacy group, also welcomed the news.

“It is a victory for us and all those who love peace in the world,” he told Anadolu Agency. “But we would have loved to see him arrested here [in South Africa].”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Haziran 2015, 10:29