NEW DELHI—Strongly condemning the death penalty given to 12 Muslim Brotherhood leaders linked to 2013 mass killing at a sit-in in Cairo, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has endorsed the call by Muslim scholars worldwide for halting their execution.
Prominent among MB leaders who have been given death sentence by Egypt’s highest court include organisation’s top religious scholar Abdul Rahman Al-Bar, Egypt’s former member of parliament Mohamed El-Beltagi and a former minister Osama Yassin.
Stating that several independent sources attest that Muslim Brotherhood leaders were falsely charged of orchestrating the killing of security forces in 2013, JIH President Syed Sadatullah Husaini said in a media statement that “the entire case against Brotherhood leaders was fabricated from the very beginning to discredit the peaceful protests against the illegitimate regime of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who violently overthrew the legitimate and democratically elected government of President of Mohammed Morsi.”
“It is widely reported that this is another unjust ruling by a ‘kangaroo’ court to target the Opposition at the behest of the dictatorial and anti-democratic regime of General Sisi. Awarding capital punishment to those who stand for democracy, truth and justice should stir the conscience of all those who cherish these values and they must seek ways and means to stop this unjust and brutal abuse of human rights,” Mr. Husaini said.
The JIH chief also urged the United Nations, the international community and the Government of India to denounce this brutality and stop the military regime from carrying out these inhuman acts of retribution.
Mr. Husaini also endorsed the call given by Islamic scholars from across the globe to civil society and human rights institutions in all countries, especially in the Western world, to act urgently, strive to mobilise public opinion and put pressure on their respective governments to halt this open mockery and affront to the basic rules of law and justice.
“We pray to Allah for granting patience and fortitude to all those resisting tyranny and oppression and help them achieve success in their just cause and legitimate mission for upholding freedom and the rule of law,” JIH president further said.
In July 2013, Muslim Brotherhood members had staged a protest in Cairo after the elected government of President Mohammed Morsi was toppled by Army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Sisi himself became president after removal of Morsi, who was the first elected President of Egypt.
The security forces conducted a raid at the protest site after about a month in which over 800 people, including security personnel, were killed. The security officials said that protesters were armed and they took to violence when the security personnel tried to remove them from the protest venue. An Egyptian court in 2018 awarded death sentence to 75 persons in this connection and jail sentences to many others, including 10 years of imprisonment for Morsi’s son Osama.
Morsi, who was given death sentence in connection with jailbreaks during the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, died after having fainted in a court in 2019.
Morsi had been elected as president in elections after removal of Hosni Mubarak following mass protests against his corrupt rule in 2011. Muslim Brotherhood had been established in Egypt in 1928 and has been striving for an elected government in the country, albeit on principles of Islam.
But after removal of Morsi, el-Sisi banned Muslim Brotherhood and jail several thousands of their members.