News / Middle East

10 Condemned to Die in Egypt

FILE - Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's general guide, Mohamed Badie, at the trial of Brotherhood members in February 2014 near Cairo's Turah prison.
FILE - Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's general guide, Mohamed Badie, at the trial of Brotherhood members in February 2014 near Cairo's Turah prison.
Edward Yeranian

An Egyptian court has handed down death sentences to 10 defendants and ordered life imprisonment for 37 others, including three top leaders of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Defense lawyers are appealing the court's ruling.

Presiding Judge Hassan Farid read his verdict aloud slowly, amid intermittent heckling by the defendants. The three top Muslim Brotherhood leaders sentenced to life include the group's "supreme guide" and spiritual leader, Mohamed Badie.

Audience members, defense attorneys and many of the defendants themselves tried to shout down the judge at several points before eventually falling silent. The verdict by the court in Cairo's Shoubra district will be appealed to a higher court.

The case involves violence in a province north of Cairo during protests last July against the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Several people were killed and wounded and vehicles were torched in the clashes.

Farid blamed the defendants for the violence and said they had acted out of “terrorist” motives. The Muslim Brotherhood itself was banned earlier this year after the government declared it a terrorist group.

On its Arabic website, Ikhwan Online, the Brotherhood condemned the verdicts, saying, "Ten innocent people were condemned to death.”

Complaint of double standards

Political sociologist Said Sadek noted the verdict came at the same time as a government decision to raise fuel prices, a development that drew public attention away from the case.

Sadek said this was not the first trial conducted in a similar manner. As he told VOA, "Most Egyptians are now used to such verdicts.”

The political analyst contended that Western criticism of such trials is misplaced, especially because many Western states themselves have resorted to strenuous measures when confronted by what they see as domestic terrorism.

"It is just surprising how the West has double standards when it comes to terrorism," Sadek said. When Western countries "get hit by terrorism, they are ready to take action, and even extra-legal action. And when Egypt does the same to save itself from the fate of its neighboring failed states -- like Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria -- you have this criticism about the Egyptian judicial system."

A number of Egyptian trials during the past year, including one in which a judge delivered a sweeping verdict ordering the death penalty for hundreds of defendants, have created an uproar in the West. Executions appear to have been delayed indefinitely, however, and it's unclear whether the sentences will actually be carried out.

You May Like

ASEAN Ministers to Push for S. China Sea Agreements

According to documents obtained by VOA Khmer, ministers will stand up for 'freedom of navigation, unimpeded lawful maritime commerce, trade and over flight' More

Puerto Rico Defaults on $58M Debt Payment

Payment was due Saturday, default is first in country's 117 years as a United States possession More

Turkish Public Fears Jihadists More Than Kurds

Turkey facing twin threats of terrorism by Islamic State and PKK Kurdish separatists, says President Erdogan’s ruling AK Party More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Paulapo from: Turkey
July 05, 2014 1:52 PM
"It is just surprising how the West has double standards when it comes to terrorism. When they get hit by terrorism they are ready to take action - and even extra-legal action - and when Egypt does the same to save itself from the fate of its neighboring failed states like Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, you have this criticism about the Egyptian judicial system," This is summarizes the situation...

by: Ali baba from: new york
July 05, 2014 9:32 AM
The sentence is appropriate for his crime. Muslim extremist are danger and they need a harsh treatment to avoid catastrophe such as Syria , Iraq. No matter his higher education. no matter how many times was in jail, he find a way to create problem and human right abuse especially for weak people in Egypt such Christian. Badie hold PhD in veterinary medicine. He was in jailed for several times. He was the masterminded for burring churches. he actively involve of kidnapping girls. He was leader of a gang that have no remorse for several crimes they did. His job is the supreme guidance of Muslim brotherhood terrorist organization. He is the one who plan and organize and execute all criminal act.
In Response

by: Squidward
July 05, 2014 12:54 PM
I don't think you have any evidence for what you're saying. The Sisi dictatorship condemned him to death via a pre-conceived judgement.

by: paul Miller from: england
July 05, 2014 8:15 AM
When a dictatorship is supported by the west theres never any criticism of human rights violations.
In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 05, 2014 10:09 PM
Where can I buy a ticket to join you guys in Fantasy land? Or is it better to just spew rhetoric and flat out LIES about anyting concerning the West. ALL OF YOU JUST FIND SOMEWHERE IN THE EAST, NORTH, OR SOUTH! GET OUT OF THE WEST. GOODBYE. TAKE CARE. I'LL HOLD THE DOOR FOR YA. NO SIR, I WILL NOT HOLD THAT BURNING AMERICAN FLAG FOR YOU WHILE YOU GET INTO THE CAB!

Capital letters rule! Hello, Anonymous! My buddy!
In Response

by: Anonymous
July 05, 2014 1:53 PM
Thats true!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Communityi
X
Sharon Behn
August 03, 2015 2:23 PM
A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Community

A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Bangkok Warned It Soon Could Be Submerged

Italy's Venice and America's New Orleans are not the only cities gradually submerging. The nearly ten million residents of the Bangkok urban area now must confront warnings the city could become uninhabitable in a few decades. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Thai capital.
Video

Video Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Individuals with special needs are 58 percent more likely to be obese than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, they also have an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression and social isolation. But a sports club outside Washington wants to make a difference in these people's lives. With Carol Pearson narrating, VOA's June Soh reports.
Video

Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
Video

Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
Video

Video Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags

At Cooter’s, a store in rural Sperryville, Virginia, about 120 kilometers west of Washington, D.C., Confederate flags are flying off the shelves. The red, white and blue battle flag, with 13 white stars representing the Confederate states, was carried by southern forces during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The South had seceded from the Union over several key issues of disagreement, including slavery. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.
Video

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

VOA Blogs