Lawyers denied access to see Mursi ahead of trial

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Awwal 05, 1435 2014-01-06

Daily News Analysis

by Crescent International

The military-backed regime in Egypt is becoming extremely brutal. Ousted President Mohamed Mursi is not permitted even to consult his lawyers before his scheduled court appearance on January 8. How is he expected to defend himself against bizarre charges that are politically motivated?

Cairo, Crescent-online
Monday January 6, 2014, 19:39 EST

Lawyers representing ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi have been denied access to their client two days before he is due in court. Mursi is held in a prison in Alexandria.

A number of charges have been leveled against the former president who was democratically elected yet he cannot even have access to lawyers to put up a proper defence. The January 8 appearance relates to charges against him for allegedly ordering his supporters to attack protesters in December 2012.

Of the 10 people killed during the mayhem, nine of them were Mursi supporters yet the military-backed regime has charged the former president—and a number of other leaders of the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon (Muslim Brotherhood)—with murder.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry said in a statement today that Mursi would not be allowed to have any visitors for a one-month period. The ban started on January 2.

It is becoming clear that under the veneer of legal cases, the military-backed regime and behind it the military, the real power wielders in Egypt, are determined to destroy the Brotherhood and eliminate it from the political arena.

In addition to the January 8 appearance, Mursi is also charged with espionage and accused of planning prison breaks during the January 2011 uprising against the ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak. January 28 is set for that trial.

Mursi’s supporters plan to hold protests outside the courtroom where the former president is due to appear.

The bizarre conduct of the military-backed regime can be gauged from the fact that seven members of the April 6 Youth Movement that were involved in the uprising against the Mubarak dictatorship were sentenced on January 2 to two-year prison terms and $7,000 fine.

They were accused of participating in “unauthorized” protests against the army-installed regime.

Egypt is becoming an absolutely fascist state with the worst excesses of the Mubarak regime beginning to pale into insignificance with what the current regime is doing.

Its special targets are members of the Brotherhood, the only organized group in Egypt that can challenge the military’s brutal tactics.

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