Human Rights Monitor has submitted an urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and the AU Committee for human and people's rights following the verdict against Egypt's former president Dr. Mohamed Morsi and 106 others to refer their papers to the Mufti in the conspiracy with Hamas case and 15 others in the Wady Notron Prison Break Case. The verdicts are completely void of integrity by all international standards.
HRM stresses in its appeal that the verdicts lack justice and were politicized highlighting that the former President Dr.Mohamed Morsi has been abducted by authority's for nearly 2 years and his location remained unknown for a long period before any information was given. He remains to date arbitrarily detained in an undisclosed secret detention centre banned from any contact with lawyers or family. Furthermore authority's failed to follow the necessary procedures with regards to trying a president as chartered in the Egyptian constitution.
Today's verdicts against Morsi are the third as he has been previously sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and 5 years surveillance in the case known in the media as the Itihadeya Case where he was accused of ordering the torture and unlawful detention of others, in clashes outside the Itihadeya presidential palace in Cairo in December 2012. The Criminal Court had issued its verdict on April 21st along with 14 of his assistants during his rule along with leading Muslim Brotherhood figures. Morsi is still to stand trial in two other cases where he is accused of Conspiracy with Qatar and insulting the judiciary.
HRM has clarified in an earlier statement the unjust details of the Itihadeya Case highlighting that the case was void of justice and a case was made on June 30 2013 using different testimonies and witnesses from those heard in 2012. No evidence was used and no credible witnesses were available to testify.
HRM assessed the cases in which Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leader were being tried confirming that today's verdicts lack legal support since the cases go back before 2012 before Morsi entered and won the presidential race proving that his nomination papers were free from any criminal charges deeming his candidacy legal.
Investigations in the conspiracy with Hamas case reveal a national security official was involved for political reasons. The actual source of CD's and documents used as evidence remain unknown and has no legal support. The court also denied requests to bring in experts to investigate the authenticity of evidence used against the defendants and the defense pointed out the evidence was weak with contradictions.
Moreover defendants were present without their lawyers who were denied access to the case's papers and were prevented from bringing witnesses to testify in favour of the defendants. Documents were also transferred between judges without any legal reason.
This proves the illogical stature of the evidence used in the conspiracy case where telegraphs sent to congratulate defendants winning seats in the Egyptian parliament dated as far back as 2005. Furthermore the testimonies by Sami Anan the former Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces and General Mohammed Hegazy, Commander of the Second Field Army which confirmed that neither Palestine's Hamas nor Lebanon's Hezbollah were involved in jail breaking during the revolution in 2011 were completely disregarded.
It is worth noting that the names of several Palestinians detained in Israeli jails before 2011 were involved revealing the inaccuracy of the verdicts ruled. Palestine's Hossam Alsanee whose name was read along with other defendants in fact was killed in 2008 during the war on Gaza and Tayseer Abu Saneema was also killed in 2009 while a third name Hassan Salama belonged to a detainee held behind bars since 1996 with a life sentence. Others who received the sentence were in fact already dead.
Cairo's Criminal Court referred the papers of 107 detainees to the Mufti for ratification in the case known in the media as the Wady Notron Case accused of jail breaking during the 2011 uprising. June 2nd has been scheduled for the final hearing. Those included in the case are:
Mohamed Badie, Rashad Bayoumy, Mohyee Hamed Alsayed Ahmed, Saad Katatny, Mohamed Morsi, Essam Erian, Yusuf Qaradawi, Mohamed Ahmed Mousa, Ali Hossam Abd Allah, Ahed Abd Rabo, Abdul Aziz Sobhi Alattar, Ahmed Eissa Alnashar, Ossama Fathi Ali Farha, Anis Mansour Wafi, Eissa Daghmash, Saeed Shober, Shady Hassan Ibrahim Hank, Nahez Shahwan, Haroun Abdul Rahman Haroun, Bilal Ismail Mohamed, Tawfik Khamis Hamed Alkodra, Gomaa Salem, Hafez Abdul Naim, Raed Mohamed Hassan, Ramy Hassan Ali Samsoun, Ramzi Zohdi, Sami Fayez, Nael Atta, Mohamed Samir, Bilal Fathy, Ossama Ali, Abdul Nasser Rasras, Bashir Mashaal. Mohamed Mousa, Ramy Showki Mansour, Mohamed Khalil Shabana, Hassan Salama,Faisal Gomaa Abo Shelof, Mohamed Alsawy, Rami Ayash, Saad Allah Abu Alemreen, Saeed Alhananym Mohamed Fayeq Gouda, Zakariya Mahmoud Alnagar, Eyad Saber, Mohamed Almaghazy, Basel Ibrahim Aldegly, Mohamed Sohail Badawi, Mahmoud Abu Khadera. Mohamed Lotfy Abu Ebeid, Mahmoud Fadl Hussein, Ashraf Abdul Magid, Mohamed Khalil Abu sheweesh, Ali Ibrahm Alnahd, Ramy Ahmed Khair Allah, Ahmed Fayezm Salah Attar, Mohamed Gamee, Mohamed Abu Fakhr, Ayman Mahmoud Khalil Anu Taher, Akram Khalil Gabr Seyam, Khamis Abul Noor, Raed Alattar, Adel Mustafa Hamdan, Mohamed Mahmoud Aweida, IbrahimMustafa Haggag, Mahmoud Ezzat, Ibrahim Eissa, Ahmed AliAbbas, Nagy Hassan Alzomor, Ahmed Ramy Abdul Wahed, Abdul Ghafar Salheen Abdul Bary Mohamed. Mhamed Hassan Alsheik Mousa, Nasser Salem Alhafy, Yehya Saad Farhan Saad Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamed Abdul Rahman Abdul Hady, Alsayed Alnuzeil Mohamed Alaweida, Ragab Mohamed Mohamed Albanna, Ali Ez el Din Thabet Ali, Salah el Din Abdul Maqsoud, Ossama Saad. Kamal Allam. Ahmed Zayed ALkelany, Ramzi Mewafi, Mohamed Ramadan Alfar, Ayman Nowfal Mohamed Alhady, Mohamed Hassan Alsayed,Mohamed Yusuf Mansour AKA Shehab.
The same court also referred the papers of those accused in the conspiracy with Hamas case to the Mufti. Defendants in the case include Kharat Shater, Mohamed Beltagy, Ahmed Abdul Aty, Mahmoud Ezzat, Salah e Din Metwalli, Amar Mohamed Ahmed. Fayed Albana, Ahmed Ahmed Suleiman, Alhassan Saad Shater, Sondos Assem Sayed Shalaby, Abu Bakr Hamdy, Kamal Almashaly, Ahmed Mohamed Alhayd, Reda Fahmy Mohamed Ossama Aleqeed, Hassa Alqazzaz and Ibrahim Farouk Alzayat
In its appeal HRM calls on the UN not to accept these verdicts and calls for the immediate release of each and every political detainee held without evidence and tried by a judiciary which is void of any justice stressing that the lack of transparency makes a retrial illogical.
HRM also urges for the suspension of the death sentences unjustly served and calls for the judges responsible for these sentences to be held accountable. It all calls on the international community to pressure the Egyptian authorities to end the killings and sentences against innocent detainees reminding them of their obligation to the ratified agreements and international conventions of human rights.