Egyptian Chronicles: Notes on a Historical verdict

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Notes on a Historical verdict

Today an Egyptian Criminal court made another history as it sentenced for the first time an Egyptian president to death.
Oh yes and this is what I am going to speak about , about short notes and facts in the Morsi’s prison escape and espionage trials on Saturday where he was sentenced to death.
  • Mohamed Morsi is the first Egyptian president sentenced preliminary to death in modern
    By Khalil Al-Baih 
  • Mohamed Morsi is the first Elected Egyptian president sentenced preliminary to death.
  • This is  a preliminary death sentence as the Judges in court asks the grand Mufti of Egypt to revise the case according to the law to see if the defendants should be executed according to Islamic Sharia.
  • The grand Mufti’s decision is not binding to the judges
  • If the grand Mufti agrees with the judges that those defendants should be executed then the court will uphold the verdict finally.
  • Because this is case involves a death sentence, there will be an appeal and a retrial which is expected in our case here like other cases involved death sentences and Muslim Brotherhood leading figures.
  • The case  involves Mohamed Morsi and 105 other defendants including defendants who stood a trial in an absentia.
  • The case involves members of Hezbollah Lebanese militant group and political party as well members of Hamas Palestinian militant group.
  • The Prosecution in the case believes that Lebanese Shia Hezbollah is part of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood !!!
  • The Convicted defendants facing death sentence in Cairo include two deceased Palestinians and another imprisoned Palestinian !!
  • The Palestinians who are facing death sentences in Morsi’s jailbreak case are : Hossam El-Sanae “ A member of the Islamic Jihad who was killed in an Israeli attack in 2008” , Tayseer Abu Snema “ A member of Hamas who was killed in an Israeli attack in 2011” and Hassan Salama “ Currently serving endless life sentences in Israel since 1996”
  • When confronted with those facts about the Palestinian defendants , Judge Shaaban El-Shamy “who made history in this trial for real” told press that it was not his “business” as we do not have official evidence in Egypt regarding the status of those guys !!
  • Political sciences professor Emad Shahin , who is sentenced to death in “espionage” case is not a Muslim Brotherhood member contrary to what is claimed in the media. Here is Shahin’s statement on his official website. Here is the statement from FB account as I see now his website is down.

Of course the question remains here: If Morsi was in the eyes of the state and security authorities as well the army a fugitive, why they let him run for presidency and win the elections ??? If Morsi and his brothers were in the eyes of that deep security state a fugitive, why then SCAF cooperated with them !? Please respect my mind as an adult who uses her brain and stop saying that the legendary Egyptian deep state wanted to expose the Muslim Brotherhood and other traitors in front of the public because this contradicts logic.
In the end I will quote Dr. Khaled Fahmy’s words about his colleague Dr.Emad Shahin because it is not only about his colleague but more about Egypt and how I honestly feel right now.
“As a student of modern Egyptian history, I can hardly think of a darker day in Egypt’s recent past. Sadly, with all signs showing the regime determined to stay the course, more ominous days lie ahead.”
I can not say anything more. I am so tired. I will speak later about Morsi’s jailbreak case.


  1. @Zeinobia said: "Of course the question remains here: If Morsi was in the eyes of the state and security authorities as well the army a fugitive, why they let him run for presidency and win the elections ??? If Morsi and his brothers were in the eyes of that deep security state a fugitive, why then SCAF cooperated with them !?"

    This is an interesting question, and one I have thought about for a long time. Here is what I think happened. SCAF decided they wanted to give real democracy a chance. They vetted quite a few potential candidates as you recall. They had runoffs and the final election, which Morsi won. At that point, the SCAF was not averse to Morsi, and thay had been hearing the US say that Morsi and the MB were reasonably moderate, and the US could do business with them. So, although Morsi wasn't the SCAF's favorite candidate (they would have preferred that old guy that ran Egyptian intelligence under Mubarak, or some other felool) they let him run. They hoped that Morsi would respect the constitution, not use violence against his political adversaries (ironic, I know), leave office peacefully when his term was up, and not try to grab permanent power. To their disappointment, Morsi abused his office. At that point they decided that not only Morsi, but the entire experiment with democracy had failed. I think this theory explains the history we all observed.

    1. I mostly agree, but would add that certain autocracies, mainly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, began seeing hope in establishing a new dictator to their liking at one point. From the beginning, they opposed the Arab Spring and feared that it would gradually erase their allies and potentially themselves in due time. So, at some point in time, probably once opposition to Morsi swelled and his presidency began showing signs of crumbling, they started encouraged elements of the military, intelligence, and security agencies to prepare a plan to setup a new dictatorship. These state forces were already profoundly anti-democratic and hated the revolution, although they originally had resigned themselves to its success. This dictatorship was marketed as a "second revolution" to give a false equivalence to January 25, as well as to conceal the true nature of what was going on. They also created a personality cult in the hopes of emulated the more successful populist dictators. By some time in 2014, they mostly failed in the personality cult category. Egyptian opinion is too fickle to accept a god king anymore. They also are having problems with the "second revolution" narrative getting exposes as a sham since there is no democracy, bread, freedom, or justice. April 6 was the first choice to act as a cloak for the new dictatorship, so as to destroy the revolution by perverting one of its flag bearers and making a mockery of what the revolutionaries stood for. April 6 refused to cooperate, so they created Tamarod instead. Tamarod was marketed as supposedly being a movement to hold a new presidential election to dispose of Morsi, but it really existed to turn over all power to a revamped police state.

      Had someone other than Morsi or Shafiq been elected, the anti-democratic forces would not have had as much of an opening to proceed with their plan. They wouldn't have been able to harp on the MB theme and use it as a fig leaf for dictatorship so much.

    2. oh thanks Jason... so SCAF were really nice guys "prepared to give democracy a chance" I had them pegged wrong. Shame we all messed up and forced them to become evil bastards!!!

    3. @Anonymous, great points.

      @Latifa, I didn't say they were nice guys, and I didn't say it was your fault or the fault of the Egyptian electorate. I think it was mostly Morsi's fault for being a jerk with no respect for democracy and its institutions. The SCAF would have liked a functioning democratic society that would run stably on autopilot while the SCAF continued quietly behind the scenes to benefit disproportionately from American aid dollars, year after year, forever.

  2. Here in Brazil we are hoping that the Egyptian people have a really democratic government, and transparent justice times.

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  3. Salam Z. This regime disgraced us in the whole world. Can you give me your impression, how many people in Egypt still support El-Sisi? I often hear that 95% still stand behind him. Is that really true, or what percentage would you say?

  4. Zeinobia question is a leading one. After all she voted for morsi. His conviction is not due to the fact he escaped from prison. It's rather how he escaped by committing high treason. These facts surfaced after his election. The brotherhood had a loving relationship with their hamas monstrous child which caused hamas to take advantage from the jan '11 chaos to send raiding squads through the tunnels to first kill soldiers guarding the border, and then many soldiers and guards at check points in addition to some inmates. They freed hundreds of terrorists that are now terrorizing Sinai along with morsi and his ilk.

    They escorted morsi and his friends back to Gaza until the situation calmed down and onlythen he showed up in Egypt itself. And no, it was not a free election if only because there was no disclosure of his high treason.

    The obsessive mantra of 'first freely elected president' should be the more apt title of 'first elected terrorist thug'.

    To anyone challenging those facts and not willing to take stock of them try answer the following: Given that hamas had the capability to act why would they not ?

    By the way the allegation that some of the hamas agents convicted were either dead or in jail at the time have been debunked as similar lies have been about the charkas cell terrorists allegedly jailed at the time of their assaults, or like the alleged christians amongst the islamist terrorsits sentenced to hang and so on.

  5. Replies
    1. If 95% of a group of people agree on a leader, you are talking about a cult, not a country.

    2. Not when the alternative is the islamists monsters terrorists or the revolutionists.

    3. Still a cult. The cult in question here is Islamist, nationalist, militarist, and monstrous. Check out the new Wahhabi justice minister.

      Yep, 95% agreement on a fuhrer is a cult, not a country. Imaginary dichotomies do not change that fact. If 95% agree on something, there is no alternative, whether religious, economic, capitalist, Martian, communist, or elven.

      This religious based cult and its fuhrer are spreading their religious fundamentalism into Yemen and Syria. It isn't Germany or Brazil doing that, with their less than 90% approved elected leaders. Funny, that.

    4. You know you have encounter Nazi barbarians when virginity tests, rape as a tool of terrorism, and other ghastly forms of sexual torture are gloried and exalted as the correct mode of behavior for a man.

      You have encountered a Fuhrer-Sultan (of the Wahhabi kind) hybrid.

  6. The problem is that revolutionaries can only destroy, not build. They keep trying to revive the rush they got when they first overthrew a government but have no idea what do beyond that. They overthrew Mubarak annd got SCAF. They protested against that and got Morsi. They overthrew him and went back to the military.

    Now Zenobia is cheering ISIS in Syria, celebrating its capture of her namesakes city and the massacres they conducted there. All that matters is overthrowing a government, whatever comes after isn't their responsibility. Support the MB, support the military junta, support ISIS in turn just so long as you can overthrow something. Unfortunately, the only way to stop this cycle is shooting them until the settle down and the people who do that are not usually the nice cuddly types. That's why you end up with people like Bonaparte, Lenin and Sisi after revolutions.

    Unfortunately, the Arab world is likely to be paying the price for this lack of vision for some time. Zenobia may think ISIS is cool now, but I doubt she will be happy when they come to power. Still, at least a government got overthrown, and as always, the aftermath of a revolution is not a revolutionaries problem.

    1. So Mr. David you understand my comments about the undeniable massacres committed by El-Assad in 1980s against the people of Palmrya and its horrifying prison as well reminding the people on how they were silent for 30 years on the undeniable dictatorship of El-Assads that I am cheering for ISIS !!! Please sir read about the history of Palmrya's prison massacre and may be you will understand what I am talking about
      Woow seriously woow
      FYI my tweets are clear, my stands are clear against dictatorships and groups like ISIS are clear.

    2. I understand that politics is a zero-sum game. If somebody looses, somebody else wins. Celebrating ISIS taking over a city and adding the population of a prison to its ranks because some terrorists were killed in it said prison 30 years ago is effectively propagandizing for them, if you understand it or not. Revolutionaries don't just have a plan beyond counting on the magical power of overthrowing governments to make everything perfect. Thus a myopic focus on overthrowing them, regardless of what you do to get there. In the case of Egypt giving the country to a military dictator and in Libya and Syria allying with al-Qaeda.

      In Syria you support ISIS and al-Qaeda while condemning their goals , in Egypt you supported the military takeover and then washed your hands of it. It's time to grow up. Politics isn't about glorious utopias after heroic revolutions, its about hard work, plotting and scheming. That's why you are nothing but the tools of terrorists and dictators, and will remain so until you develop a plan of your own.

    3. There is a wide spectrum of revolutionaries in Egypt. This Blogger represents only a slice. Not all revolutionaries participated in June 30th which brought Sisi. Those are still resisting on the streets. As for ISIS, there are plenty of parties guilty of terrorism and sheer brutality. The record of Al-Assad regime indeed far exceeds any other in the Region. Not to mention that of Israel and the U.S. Condemning revolutionaries as visionless is short-sighted. It is a long process, with many ups and down, and on the job training. Forgot that revolution brought George Washington?
      The path will be shorter indeed when we admit our mistakes. Apparently, our dear blogger is too proud to take that little step.


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