Beginning with the intervention of the Egyptian judiciary in the political conflicts and the unfair sentences served to the Egyptian authorities opposition today's farcical 20 year sentence served by Egypt's court to the country's first civilly elected president Mohamed Morsi overthrown by the military is a complete violation and breach of the law.
Cairo's Criminal Court served the former president Morsi along with 14 leading Muslim Brotherhood figures and members a 20 year prison sentence and 5 years police surveillance in the media renowned Itihadeya case. The sentence is among many served by the Egyptian judiciary since June 30, 2013 to the regime's opposition.
The sentence is a politicized case in the first degree as the prosecutor had previously released all of the Muslim Brotherhood detainees in the same case on December 2012 because of lack of evidence against them following investigation. Following the June 30 events and the military coming to power the Egyptian judiciary reopened the case the only difference being the number of witnesses testifying indicating premeditated intentions of sentences to be served against the Muslim Brotherhood known for opposing the regime.
The defendants were unable to discuss with witnesses details regarding the case and were denied the right to summon witnesses in their favour. Other defendants in the case include former Deputy Chief of Staff Asaad El-Sheikha, former assistance of Morsi's office director, Ahmed Abd El Aty, former presidential advisor Ayman Abdul Rauf, Alaa Hamza ad Muslim Brotherhood figures, Mohamed Beltagy, Essam Erian, Wagdy Ghoneim and activist Abdul Rahman Ezz, Ahmed Almoghayer, Reda Alsawy, Lamloum Mekawy, Abdul Hakim Ismail, Hany Tawfik and Gamal Saber.
Furthermore the judiciary refused the defendants requests despite the victims being from the defendants side to bring in witnesses and continued to try the defendants accused of inciting murder and rousing violence deeming the trial void of any justice revealing its politicized stance. According to article 14 in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights no one shall be liable to be tried or punished again for an offence for which he has already been finally convicted or acquitted in accordance with the law and penal procedure of each country.
The above mentioned details in addition to the abduction of Morsi almost two years ago in addition to preventing his family and lawyers from visiting him to this day except for once and denying him many rights while not offering him the opportunity to prepare a defense or to choose an attorney in addition to being slapped four other trials with sentences for two expected to be announced on May 16 in the renowned conspiracy with Hamas and Hezbollah and Qatar cases in the media, and the Wady Notron Prison break case and lastly insulting the judiciary case expected to be decided on May 23 are what await Morsi.
For its part Human Rights Monitor calls for international intervention to oversee the politicized cases tried by the Egyptian judiciary and to guarantee a just trial for the former president with all rights secured. It also calls on the judiciary to promise a free, fair, just and transparent trial and to avoid being drawn into any political conflict and to immediately release the former president Mohamed Morsi in the case of finding no evidence against him.