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Egypt sentences former President Morsi, harsh respond from Turkey

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(Cairo-AlummahWorld, 28 Rajab 1436, 17 May 2015) Egypt government facing harsh respond from Turkey, Hamas and human rights group after sentencing former elected president Mohammed Morsi. Turkey, the rights group Amnesty International, and Hamas have all criticized Egypt on Saturday for sentencing former President Mohammed Mursi to death.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Egypt was returning to “old Egypt.” Erdogan also criticized western nations for not speaking out against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi, who ousted Mursi, and for not condemning the death sentences being handed down to the former Islamist president’s Muslim Brotherhood group.

“While the West is abolishing the death penalty, they are just watching the continuation of death sentences in Egypt. They don’t do anything about it,” the Turkish president was quoted by state-run Anatolian news agency as saying.

The rights group Amnesty International also spoke against the ruling describing it as “a charade based on null and void procedures,” and demanded that Mursi be released and retired.

Meanwhile, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum condemned the ruling against Mursi and dozens of Palestinians, calling it “a crime against the Palestinian people.”
Hamas, who is in charge of the Gaza Strip, is an offshoot of the international Muslim Brotherhood movement and has long been seen as Mursi’s ally.
There were 105 defendants with Mursi who were sentenced to death, most of them were tried and convicted in absentia. They include some 70 Palestinians. Those tried in absentia in Egypt receive automatic retrials once detained.
The Brotherhood, meanwhile, says it is a peaceful organization with no links to violence. 
Muslim Brotherhood official Amr Darrag condemned the court’s decision and called on the international community to take action.

“This is a political verdict and represents a murder crime that is about to be committed, and it should be stopped by the international community,” Darrag, co-founder of the dissolved Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Brotherhood, told Reuters in Istanbul. The party said in an online statement the ruling “opened all options to rid the country of this gang which seized power by force.”

Meanwhile, Egyptian security officials say bombs have targeted courthouses in two cities, wounding two people in what could be retaliation for the sentencing to death of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi the day before.
They say one bomb targeted the main courthouse in the southern city of Assiut late Saturday, seriously injuring a policeman. Early Sunday, a small girl was injured when a bomb went off near a courthouse in Port Said, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The attacks came after suspected Islamic militants gunned down three judges in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, just hours after a Cairo court sentenced Morsi to death over his role in a mass prison break in 2011.
 On the other hand, United States expressed "deeply concerned" about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohammad Mursi.

"We are deeply concerned by yet another mass death sentence handed down by an Egyptian court to more than 100 defendants, including former President Mursi," an official said after the court's ruling was announced on Saturday, drawing condemnation from rights group Amnesty International.

"We have consistently spoken out against the practice of mass trials and sentences, which are conducted in a manner that is inconsistent with Egypt's international obligations and the rule of law," the official said.

Mursi and 105 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood were trialed in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.
Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia, including prominent Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi who resides in Qatar.

The court also sought the death sentence against one of the Muslim Brotherhood's top leaders, Khairat el-Shater, for conspiring with foreign militant groups against the country, part of a crackdown on Islamists.

The ousted Egyptian leader already is serving a 20-year sentence following his conviction on April 21 on charges linked to the killing of protesters outside a Cairo presidential palace in December 2012. The cases, like any capital sentence, will be referred to Egypt’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for an opinion before any executions can take place.