CAIRO: Cabinet spokesperson Hossam Qawish said in a Tuesday phone call to the Al-Hayat channel that the International Criminal Court has decided to dismiss Muslim Brotherhood complaints about death penalties handed down by the Egyptian judiciary.
The decision came after the ICC concluded that the practices of the Brotherhood and its supporters are characterized by “terrorism” and violence, after which many countries supported the roadmap in Egypt, Qawish said.
He added in comments to Al-Hayat that he feels that Egypt’s roadmap is gaining even more support from different countries after Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab’s visit to Chad and Tanzania. He said that both countries’ presidents and prime ministers supported Egypt’s roadmap and demanded also for Egypt’s return to the African Union.
The Coordination Council for the Egyptian Community in Austria, which supports the Brotherhood, announced it will organize a protest in front of the European Commission in Austria on Sunday against the “unjust verdicts.” The protest will also head to the U.S. embassy in Austria, Youm7 reported.
The executive director of the pro-Brotherhood movement Egyptians Around the World for Justice and Democracy Movement in Europe, Hossam al-Shazly, condemned the death sentences issued on Monday by the Egyptian judiciary.
Al-Shazly said that the movement will speak to members of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
He said that based on a report issued by experts and 27 countries that signed a charter of human rights violations in Egypt, the movement will demand officially to refer Egypt to the International Criminal Court to stop the death verdicts issued in Minya.
Television host Rania Badawi said on Tuesday on her show on the Tahrir Channel that the International Criminal Court dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Brotherhood against Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for a lack of evidence, reported ONews Agency.
Badawi said dismissing the case is blow to the Brotherhood because of their claims of the killing of thousands of Brotherhood members during the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Ismail and Ahmed Arafa.