From president to death row

Mohamed Morsi: he’s not on your typical life path

Egypt’s first and arguably only democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, had his death sentence confirmed today by an Egyptian court, right after it sentenced him to life in prison on separate espionage charges. He’s been sentenced to death for plotting jailbreaks and attacks on police during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak and led to Morsi’s election. Egypt has conducted mass trials against Muslim Brotherhood figures and supporters in recent months, sentencing hundreds of people to death in a process that the UN has described as “unprecedented in modern history” and a “breach of international human rights law.”

In other circumstances I’d say there’s a chance that Morsi will have his sentenced reduced so as to avoid making him a martyr, but Abdel Fattah el-Sisi clearly doesn’t care very much about making more martyrs, I guess because you can always just round up the people who are inspired by those martyrs and execute them as well. The international community seems content to cluck its tongues at Sisi’s vast and growing body of human rights abuses while not actually doing anything that make him consider changing course.

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