CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry met Saturday International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, and expressed his gratitude for the court’s decision to reject a lawsuit filed by Muslim Brotherhood against Egypt, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty.
Shokry said during his meeting with Bensouda on the sidelines of the annual Munich Security Conference that such a lawsuit could “impede Egyptians efforts to combat terrorism,” Atty added.
On Feb. 1, the ICC rejected a lawsuit filed by lawyers of the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party in December 2013 against the current government over committing violation against humanity.
The court said it is not specialized to consider such cases as Egypt did not sign Rome Statue as such case should be filed by people representing the government.
Cases in non-member states may only be considered by the court following a referral from the United National Security Council.
Following the July 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, several protests broke out calling for his reinstatement; MB members and supporters staged two big sit-ins which were dispersed by the security forces Aug. 14, 2013 and hundreds were killed, mostly from among MB supporters.
Egypt designated the brotherhood a terrorist group in December 2013, and many high-ranking members have since left the country, fleeing to Turkey or Qatar.