World Bulletin / News Desk
The mass death sentences handed down against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and dozens of Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges of espionage and escaping prison have invited a storm of criticism from their families.
“The death penalty against my father is nothing but a farce,” Aisha, the daughter of Muslim Brotherhood deputy leader Khairat al-Shater, told.
Aisha, however, said the death sentences have been expected.
“These farcical trials have been expected since there was no respect of the law,” she said.
Since Morsi's ouster, Egyptian authorities have launched a relentless crackdown on dissent that has largely targeted Morsi supporters, leaving hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.
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A defiant Aisha said the mass death sentences will not destroy the Muslim Brotherhood, the group which swept all parliamentary and presidential elections following Mubarak’s ouster.
“Though the authorities had hanged many [Brotherhood] leaders in the 1950s, the Brotherhood has survived,” Aisha said, referring to the hanging of scores of Brotherhood leaders during the era of former President Gamal Abdel-Nasser.
The son of Morsi described the death penalty against his father and Brotherhood leaders as “politically driven”.
“We do not recognize these verdicts,” Osama Morsi told Anadolu Agency.
He said the court rulings – which are still subject to appeal – reflect “the demise and fear of the coup regime and its attempt to escape from the sword of the revolution”.
“These are politicized verdicts and those responsible for these farcical trials will be put on trial,” he added.
Ammar al-Beltagi, the son of senior Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi, said the verdicts reflect “the nature of military regimes”.
“[The sentences] reflect the nature of the military coup, which relies on killings as its sole technique,” Ammar wrote on his Facebook page.
Ammar, whose father was slapped with the death penalty in the espionage case and a life sentence in the jailbreak case, called for rallying efforts to fight what he described as corruption, tyranny and terrorism.
“The solution lies with resisting the oppressor,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sondos Assem, 26, a former aide to Morsi who was sentenced to death in absentia in the espionage case, believes the rulings would embarrass the ruling regime in Egypt.
“The military regime in Egypt has embarrassed itself by issuing such oppressive verdicts,” Assem told Anadolu Agency. “I strongly condemn these politicized verdicts, which were issued by a judicial system that lacks the least standards of independence and fairness.”
Tuesday’s verdicts have already triggered worldwide condemnations with rights groups calling for the release of all prisoners held in “politically-motivated” trials in Egypt.Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Haziran 2015, 14:26