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article imageOp-Ed: Former Egyptian President Morsi faces even more charges

By Ken Hanly     Jan 19, 2014 in Politics
Cairo - In a sign that Eygptian authorities are determined to continue their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, former president Mohamed Morsi has now been charged with insulting the judiciary.
This is the fourth case Morsi has faced since being overthrown by General SIsi in a coup on July 3 after there were huge protests against his rule. Not just Morsi, but 24 other politicians will also be charged with insulting the judiciary. Many of the judiciary are leftovers from the Mubarak era. Morsi often had conflict with them during his presidency. This is not to say that Morsi did not try to concentrate power in the presidency.
The recent charge relates back to when Morsi named a judge during a public speech and accused him of overseeing fraud in previous elections. Morsi is also to appear in court on January 28 over a mass jail break in 2011. Prosecutors allege that the jailbreaks were carried out by Palestinian and Lebanese armed groups both of whom had members imprisoned under Mubarak. It seems to matter little that these events happened under Mubarak who suppressed the Brotherhood and others. Al Jazeera said the prosecutor copy calls the trial the "biggest case in Egypt's history of conspiring against Egypt".
Former Egyptian president Muhammed Morsi
Former Egyptian president Muhammed Morsi
Morsi also faces charges in connection with the killing of protesters during demonstrations against his regime. However, Egyptian security forces killed up to a thousand pro-Morsi protesters and nothing at all was done about that. More details of earlier charges against Morsi can be found here: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, has been charged with a seemingly endless slate of crimes since he was overthrown by the army on July 3. He is currently being held in Borg el-Arab prison in the northern city of Alexandria, accused of everything from using artillery to break out of jail in 2011 to stealing chickens.
Immediately upon declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization the Egyptian government arrested people who supported the group's ideology by passing out leaflets that the government claimed incited violence against the security forces. Twenty three supporters of the Brotherhood were arrested and accused of belonging to a terrorist organization. General Sisi said: "Egypt will stand firmly in confronting terrorism and the people will never be afraid as long as the army is present,"
Results of votes on a new constitution that gives the army special powers showed a 98.1 per cent approval rate. However, people trying to campaign for a NO vote were arrested and the Muslim Brotherhood advocated a boycott of the vote. Far less than half the population turned out for the vote about 38 per cent. Presidential and parliamentary elections are to be held later this year with Colonel Sisi, expected to be a candidate and to win the presidency. Morsi was the only civilian president of Egypt since General Nasser.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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