by Dave Jolly
On July 3 of this year, Egypt’s military, led by General Abdel Fatah al Sisi seized control of the country and promptly arrested President Mohamed Morsi and many of the other Muslim Brotherhood leaders. The new regime is wasting no time in bringing the members of the Muslim Brotherhood to trial.
So far, forty-five supporters of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have been sentenced to five years in prison for opening fire on soldiers during riots last month that took place in Suez. Three others were sentenced to fifteen years and one received a life sentence. Some news reports have claimed that eleven of Morsi’s supporters received life sentences, but those reports have not been verified.
In addition to the sentencing of Morsi’s supporters, Egyptian courts have ordered the shutdown of Ahrar 25 TV, a Muslim Brotherhood station and Mubasher Misr station, which is an affiliate of Al-Jazeera. (Remember that Al Gore is one of the parties who purchased and is running Al-Jazeera here in the US.)
Hesham Barakat, Egypt’s public prosecutor has referred former President Morsi and fourteen members of the Muslim Brotherhood to a criminal court in Cairo for trial. Among the charges is the claim that they committed acts of violence and that they incited killing and thuggery. These charges are based upon the confrontation between opponents of Morsi’s government and his supporters that took place outside the presidential palace last December.
Morsi is also being investigated and could face charges of escaping from prison. Allegations have been made that Morsi escaped from prison with the aid of Hamas during the uprisings that toppled the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Why isn’t the Egyptian court seeking criminal charges against US President Barack Obama? Obama clearly supported Morsi, his government and his policies by giving him hundreds of millions of US dollars along with arms, weapons and fighter jets. There is no doubt that some of these weapons were used against Egyptian citizens during Morsi’s reign of terror. By failing to condemn Morsi and his tyrannical actions against his own people, especially the Coptic Christians, Obama should be held complicit to Morsi’s crimes and therefore should be put on trial for crimes against the Egyptian people alongside Morsi. I think they should even share adjoining cells in whichever Egyptian prison Morsi is sent to.