Justice at play in Egypt: Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

Until a more comprehensive justification is evident, I actually can’t conceptualise the justice at play in Egypt! In July 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood faced its worst dramatic moment, something I considered as their rise and fall in the Egyptian politics, the climax today is far more dramatic. Could the world and particularly the great people of this cradle of civilisation unravel this mystery, please?

In 2011, you, the great people of Egypt, came out in a mass protest to rebel against a dictator who wielded power over you for nearly three decades. By May of the same year, you charged him, along with his sons, Alaa and Gamal, for the death of anti-government protesters. On 2nd June 2012, you found him, along with his former Interior Minister, Habib Al-Adly, guilty of corruption and complicity in the murder of demonstrators, and you sentenced him to life imprisonment. On that, you felt justice had triumphed; you went back home to give the army a chance to chart a new course, to restore the dignity of the country.

When the army tried to take advantage of your retirement to home, before our eyes, you came back to the historic Tahrir square and demanded a better deal. Despite the influence of the military, you made your voice heard through a democratic process, and by 30 June 2012, you swore in a democratically-elected President, Mohammad Morsi. Though, many acknowledged the process was haphazard, it was at least free and fair.

Not long ago, exactly one year, this same Morsi was ousted by the military that handed over power to him, an event that appeared to be supported by the majority of Egyptians. Afterwards, lots of agitations and counter-agitations followed, especially when Morsi was arrested and, like his predecessor Hosni Mubarak, charged with murder including other heinous crimes.

General Abdul Fattah Al Sisi transformed by an overwhelming 96.1% of the vote to become Egypt’s second elected president in less than two years. Taking over of Al Sisi in May 2014 seemed to bring an end to the uprising that literarily devastated Egypt’s peace and economy for over a three-year period. The trail for both Mubarak and Morsi continued while they remained in captivity for same crimes.

On 9 May 2015, the world was greeted with a shocking headline, the Cairo Court of Appeals vindicated the 87-year-old Hosni Mubarak of all charges and set him a free man. Little did we know, the greatest shock would come this morning (16 May 2015), a Cairo Court sentenced Mohammad Morsi to death!

As we await a final verdict of Egypt’s Grand Mufti and any probable appeal, this case, against all backgrounds, will remain a big and most complicated justice question to be answered.

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