Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticised the death penalty for former Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi on Saturday, and slammed Western countries for remaining silent.
Describing the decision of death penalty as “a bullet fired at democracy,” Erdogan said “Egypt has given a death sentence to a president elected with 52 percent of the votes.”
An Egyptian court ordered the death penalty for Morsi on May 16 and 105 codefendants, and the decision has been sent to the Egypt’s top religious authority the “Grand Mufti” for approval.
Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, was ousted by a military coup in July 2013 following protests launched by his opposition.
Erdogan stated that the events following the ‘coup’ were deterioration, saying that “Egypt is returning to the old Egypt.”
Egyptian authorities had accused Morsi and 130 others of taking part in a mass jailbreak during Egypt’s 2011 revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak who ruled Egypt for 30 years.
Anti-Morsi protests accusing the use electoral victories to monopolise power were launched in Cairo on June 30, 2013 in Tahrir Square while the supporters of Morsi gathered in Rabaa Square.
On July 3, 2013, the armed forces led by General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi seized the control of Egypt, arresting government officers in the following days alongside other top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational organisation known with its political activism combined with Islamic charity work.
“The West, unfortunately, still does not reveal its stance against the coup leader Sisi,” said Erdogan.
The pro-Morsi protests continued six weeks following the military coup in Cairo, until the armed forces raided and killed hundreds of Morsi supporters on August 14, 2013.
Human Rights Watch organisation described the raids as “one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history,” which the number of deaths from the Rabaa Square alone was about 2,600 according to the Muslim Brotherhood.