Jailed Brotherhood leader mourns slain daughter

Asmaa al-Beltagi was shot dead during the Egyptian security forces dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in last year.

Jailed Brotherhood leader mourns slain daughter

World Bulletin / News Desk

Jailed Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi has released a letter addressed to his slain young daughter ahead of the one-year anniversary of her murder during the Egyptian security forces dispersal of a sit-in by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

"The fact that you were targeted by the putchists' snipers on that fateful day constitutes proof of the righteousness of the cause you died for," read the letter – presumably smuggled out of prison – posted on al-Beltagi's Facebook page Wednesday.

Asmaa al-Beltagi, 17, was shot dead in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, which had hosted one of two major pro-Morsi protest camps that were violently dispersed by Egyptian security forces on August 14 of last year.

Hundreds were killed and over a thousand injured during the dispersal operation.

"Death and imprisonment cannot intimidate me after your precious blood and pure soul taught me the true meaning of sacrifice for justice and freedom in the name of God," al-Beltagi wrote.

Since her death almost one year ago, Asmaa al-Beltagi has become an icon for Morsi supporters and other Egyptian protest groups. Over the past year, banners bearing her photo have often appeared in anti-government demonstrations.

Al-Beltagi, who was arrested in the wake of Morsi's ouster last summer, is currently on trial with other Brotherhood leaders – including Morsi himself – on violence-related charges, which they insist are politically motivated.

Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who won Egypt's first free presidential election in 2012, was removed from office by the military last July following protests against his single year in power.

Since Morsi's ouster, Egypt's military-backed authorities have waged a relentless crackdown on his supporters – and on other political dissidents – in which hundreds have been killed and thousands believed to have been thrown behind bars.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ağustos 2014, 10:16