CAIRO: Egypt slammed Turkish condemnation of a mass death sentence handed to 183 persons charged with killing and burning 11 police officers in Kerdasa of Giza in 2013.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement did not care the feelings of the killed police officers’ victims.
“Such remarks are disgusting as they include lies and fantasies,” adding “these remarks issued from a country has been slammed by the international community over its flagrant violations of the human rights and attacking the peaceful protesters, storming the newspapers, detaining the journalists without trials, and banning the social media websites,” the ministry said.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated Tuesday, “We strongly condemn the confirmation of the death sentences of 183 persons, constituting a new contingent of the mass death sentences, reaching up to 1,000 persons, in the framework of the political decisions taken at the courts following the coup in Egypt in July 2013.”
“It is obvious that Egypt, where the number of political prisoners has risen to 20,000 since the coup in 2013, cannot reach lasting peace and stability through mass death sentences, which hurt human consciences and fall short of fair trial,” the statement read.
Egypt also said Wednesday that it is “better for Turkey to look at its domestic affairs” for reform instead of interfering into other countries’ domestic affairs.
“With its human rights record, the Turkish government is far from being a judge or from giving lessons to the others,” the Egyptian statement continued.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed both countries; in Sep. 2014, the organization criticized Turkey saying that Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been escalating its crackdown on political opposition, public protests and media. However, the 38-page report said opening negotiations between the government and the Kurds was a “positive” step.
As for the Egyptian human rights situation, the organization issued a 188-page report Aug. 12 in the first anniversary of pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins dispersal. It said that the dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood’s sit-ins is “a crime against humanity.” A delegation from the organization was denied entry to Egypt, where it had plannted to release the report.
Relations between Turkey and Egypt countries became strained immediately after former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted July 3, 2013 after mass protests that ended his regime. In response to Erdoğan describing Morsi’s ouster as a “coup,” Egypt downgraded bilateral diplomatic relations, and declared Turkish ambassador Hussein Botsali a persona non grata.