Hamas slams Egypt for death penalties

Hamas slams Egypt for death verdicts describing court’s decision as “deplorable”

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Hamas has given a harsh response to Egypt in the long awaited verdict for Mohamed Morsi’s second and third charges for which the deposed Egyptian president received the death penalty on Saturday along with 106 others for breaking out of prison in 2011.

"It is a politicized case, and the verdict has tainted the record of the Egyptian judiciary," Abu Zuhri told Anadolu Agency (AA).

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri described the court's decision as "deplorable" to refer 106 defendants, including two Hamas members, to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's top religious authority, to consider possible death sentences against them.

Egyptian court accused the Muslim Brotherhood of committing acts which led to compromising the independence of the country, its unity and territorial integrity, courtroom said investigations revealed that the Muslim Brotherhood leaders are in close alliance with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

The court also alleged Hamas, Lebanese military group Hezbollah, which is closely related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and other organisations inside and outside the country were serving as the military arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.

After Egyptian military deposed Morsi in 2013, relations between Egypt and Hamas started breaking down and Egyptian authorities tightened its grip on the Rafah border crossing - Gaza’s only outlet to the world outside of Israel’s control.

Mohamed Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president in the nation’s first free elections in years, he was deposed after only one year in office by former army general, now president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Amnesty International released a statement on Saturday calling the Egyptian court's decision to seek the death penalty for ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi "a charade based on null and void procedures" and demanded his release or retrial in a civilian court.

TRTWorld and agencies