A Comment on the Egypt Death Sentences
On Monday 24 March 2014, the Egyptian court issued 529 death sentences against members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Representing the largest single set of death sentences in our modern history, the sentences were handed en-masse in a trial that was politically charged, lasting only two hours and without due process wherein neither prosecution nor defence lawyers could present their evidences. The majority of the accused were absent from the court when the sentences were passed against them.
In a kangaroo court that has condemned hundreds of people to death in which the judge did not consider the evidence or the defences of the accused, there is a gross travesty of justice. The Egyptian judiciary has thus proven itself to be an instrument of the brutality that the Sisi regime has come to represent, already seeing the arrest of 16,000 Muslim Brotherhood supporters over the past months, including most of the Brotherhood’s top leaders. After the murderous campaigns against supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordinary Egyptians at Rabi’a and Nahda Squares the world now witnesses a continuation of the systematic killing of dissenters to state endorsed tyranny.
In Islam the basis of all human interaction is built on the premise of justice, that fairness and equity be maintained in all things. Islamic legal proceedings are judged on a case to case basis to ensure neutrality and so that the rights of no innocent persons are infringed upon. We at the Hittin Institute call on the Egyptian authorities to repeal the death sentences and to desist in the brutalisation of its own people. Such heavy handedness will only deepen the social divide in Egypt and aggravate the tensions that have beset the country.