HRW criticizes Egypt's verdict in Morsi trial

Human Rights Watch deems Egyptian court verdict on former President Morsi ‘badly flawed’

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Sunday determining that the court which tried Egypt’s first ever democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi and the verdict it reached were “badly flawed.”

Morsi, who was deposed by the Egyptian Military led by current President Abdel Fattah el Sisi in July 2013 was found guilty of ordering a deadly street fight on Dec. 5, 2012 which resulted 10 deaths.

"Of the 10 people killed that day, only three were included in the prosecutors’ file, creating an appearance that the case was politically motivated against the Brotherhood," the report read.

Seven of the dead were supporters of Morsi.

Morsi and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members were found guilty of charges resulting from the protests and received 20 year sentence on April 21.

The HRW reported that Morsi and the 14 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were not given a fair trial and that the entire affair was “compromised by due process violations, the appearance of bias and an absence of conclusive evidence.”

The organisation’s Middle East and North Africa director, Sarah Leah Whitson, said:“The prosecution’s case was founded on the conjecture that Morsy was responsible simply because of his relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Whatever political responsibility Morsy may have, the prosecution didn’t establish his criminal guilt in this case.”

The HRW report also stated that the primary testimony used by the Egyptian court was that of Maj. Gen. Mohamed Zaki, the commander of the Republican Guard, who stated that Morsi was behind the fatal fight, however Zaki provided no evidence to his claims.

Morsi and the 14 other defendants have a right to appeal the verdict of the case and face further charges including leaking intelligence to foreign countries.

TRTWorld and agencies