Egypt – Death Sentences

Lord Hylton

I understand that 1541 death sentences have been issued between July 3rd 2013 and May 31st 2015.  Of these, 570 have been confirmed with the approval of the Grand Mufti, and they are under appeal at the Court of Cassation.  This court, however, cannot consider the merits of cases but only matters of interpretation of law and procedure.  If the appeal fails, President Sisi may exercise clemency, but only to reduce the sentence to life imprisonment.  This is rather unlikely in cases involving members of the Muslim Brotherhood, since he promised to wipe out the Brotherhood before he was elected.  So far seven executions have happened.

This situation causes great concern since we know that the judiciary were largely appointed   under Mubarak.  Mass trials have also been held with very poor arrangements for defending individuals.  If most of the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood are either killed or given life imprisonment, the probability is that far more extreme and violent movements will spring up in its place.  We have seen this with the conventional opposition in Syria, with Hamas in Gaza, and so some extent in Libya.

The question is, what do HMG intend to do about the situation I have described?  Will it alert the United States as our ally?  Will it mobilise all our EU partners to condemn the death penalty and all moves to drive the Muslim Brotherhood underground?  They do, after all, represent a significant fraction of the whole Egyptian population.


3 comments for “Egypt – Death Sentences

  1. maude elwes
    20/07/2015 at 7:35 am

    Forgive me Lord Hylton, but, my feelings are far closer to home. As we become more entwined on every level with the American lifestyle it seems far more appropriate to look into the enormous amount of death sentences passed in that country.

    Maregaret Thatcher and the treacherous Blair took us into a strange arrangement with the USA, under various edits, including their rule of law over our citizens, which also surrounded us by NATO. Because of it, one fears we have to follow their lead on every level of life (isn’t there talk of bringing back the death penalty to this country) all without the consent of the British electorate. And, as a result, we are seeing the same kind of unethical changes to our way of life with growing violence and murder along with kind of poverty they have there. Pretending it isn’t so doesn’t make it go away. And pointing the finger in other parts of the world, in order to cover what is going on here, isn’t going to lessen global tension either.

    Egypt is an Islamic country not trying to rule over us or demand we follow their lifestyle in the way USA imposes. That therefore is where our Parliament should be concentrating their concerns. Tyranical government doesn’t stop being what it is because they are in bed with us. Or, more appropeiately, we are in bed with them.

    And in Egypt

    It is far more important that the so called ‘leader of the free world’ follows the rules laid down by the Human Rights edit, then, others throughout the world will feel more inclined to follow their example.

    • maude elwes
      27/07/2015 at 6:16 am

      My spell check isn’t working and I cannot get it to resume its function, so I miss the correction of those I don’t see. Apologies for those errors in the above post.

  2. 20/07/2015 at 6:50 pm

    Lord Hylton,

    Surely there are issues here related legitimacy, international pressures and revolutionary periods in statecraft. In other words unlawful acts of war or police misconduct being tried as seditious or ordinary criminal acts. That is perhaps a means of justifying some involvement by the world which has already been involved.

    However, I personally would oppose an uncomplicated clemency and I think at least a few hundred thousand Americans would articulate much the same position as I do on that score. The tragedy may be large but the numbers are small compared to what chaos and the wrong kind of tolerance would bring.

    This is a case where I really feel the much bigger picture and longer view is where many of these problems must be addressed and likely cannot be addressed. But nonetheless such antiquated oddities as restitution, exile with parole, renunciation of criminal acts and a number of other ingredients probably would be useful for those wishing to avoid the ultimate penalty.

    Egypt is a rather small place crowded with history and expectations. Much the same thing could be said of the Earth we all currently inhabit…

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