CAIRO: Transitional Justice Minister Mohamed Amin El-Mahdy held a conference today in the parliament to discuss the government’s decision to consider the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist group,” Saying, “the Cabinet took this decision to protect citizens and to notify the society with descriptions from the Public Prosecution.”
He added “it is possible that someone will appeal the decision or the court will acquit Brotherhood leaders, but we will not apologize for taking this decision as long as we did not make any mistake.”
He said the decision aims to notify the society about the accusations against the Brotherhood according to investigations conducted by the Public Prosecution.
The minister added that the Prosecution released referral orders against many Brotherhood leaders for different accusations, including breaking into prisons, spying, and the events of the Ithadeya Palace.
He said that the government decision to declare the Brotherhood a “terrorist group” aimed to call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform its counterparts in other countries the nature of the Brotherhood.
During the conference, the minister presented the investigations made by the Public Prosecution against the Brotherhood leaders who are charged with spying and destroying the state, including Mohamed Badie, Khairat el-Shater and many others.
The minister said that the government faced a lot of pressure and criticism. He said that the Prosecution is part of the Judiciary system and the Cabinet main role is continuing the roadmap.
He explained that the decision described the actions of the Brotherhood as “terrorism,” saying that the law has a definition of “terrorism”
Mahdy discussed the Ministry’s efforts to clarify some cases to the international society, saying that he made a memo about the protest law to present it to the international community.
In the conference, the minister said that the country suffered from lack of sovereign law during former president Mohamed Morsi’s rule.
The Cabinet formed a committee to study the presidential pardons taken by Morsi two days ago, includes members of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and General Intelligence.
Originally published in Youm7.