Egypt repeats Turkey’s 1960 history: PM Davutoglu

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu associates Egypt with Turkey’s 1960 history

Photo by: video screenshot
Photo by: video screenshot

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egypt has been repeating a nonrecoverable mistake that Turkey itself witnessed 55 years ago, when coup deposed and executed a democratically elected leader, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday, AA reported.

Rallying in the western Bursa province for the upcoming elections, Davutoglu said "A disdainful, painful period that happened in Turkey 55 years ago is now being repeated in Egypt," referring to Turkey's 1960 military coup that saw the then Turkish premier, Adnan Menderes, executed.

Menderes was first jailed and then made to stand on trial before being executed along with two ministers, Hasan Polatkan and Fatin Rustu Zorlu, following the 1960 coup.

Davutoglu pledged that no president or prime minister would ever be executed again. 

He also slammed a headline of the story posted on a Dogan Media website about the death penalty of Morsi that allegedly said: "Morsi, president with 52 percent votes, sentenced to death."

The Prime Minister asked the meaning of choosing such a headline. "What do they mean? If they mean [to refer to] our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who became president with his 52 percent votes, then they should know that no president or prime minister will be sent to gallows again in these soils," Davutoglu said.

"No matter how much they want to revive the [Hosni] Mubarak era, it is impossible to go back now," he said to a Turkish network later, adding: "It is also impossible to make chaos and crisis sustainable."

He accused those who “broke the back of the democracy in Egypt” of being responsible for all sectarian clashes that had now appeared in the Middle East.

"The democracy trend was replaced by sectarian clashes and efforts [were made] to return to old regimes after the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. In Yemen, Houthis, Shias and Sunnis fought together for democracy; in Egypt, Muslims and Christians did also and in Libya, it was the same also. But the wind suddenly changed after ousting of Morsi," he noted.

Turkey's former Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag also condemned the Morsi verdict, saying: "Bosses of the court that sentenced Morsi to death want just puppet governments like Sisi's [the current Egyptian president]."

Turkey's Culture Minister Omer Celik also called on the international community to unite against "terrorism" of the coup government in Egypt. "The international community should make the government withdraw its ruling," Celik said. 

The remarks came after the long awaited verdict for Mohamed Morsi’s second and third charges, the deposed Egyptian president received the death penalty on Saturday along with 106 others for breaking out of prison in 2011.

The cases, like any capital sentence, will be referred to Egypt's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for an opinion before any executions can take place. The last trial will be held on June 2, after the Grand Mufti has the last word.

Death sentence recipients include Islamic scholar Yusuf Qaradawi, who currently resides in Qatar. 

Regarding espionage charges for the Palestinian group Hamas, 16 others received the death penalty.

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.”

TRTWorld and agencies