Sisi's massacre-like executions - YASIN AKTAY

Sisi's massacre-like executions

As many as nine opposition youth were executed by hanging last Sunday morning based on a decision taken by an Egypt court under Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's administration. Six other people were executed the previous week. Thus, the number of youth executed within two weeks reached 15.

The offense with which they are charged is really not important, because in Egypt first, a decision is made to kill certain people, then a crime that suits them is made up. This is then followed by a court decision and the murder is carried out by means of execution.

Whether the crime they are charged with suits the case is not important. It is all for the sake of Sisi's appearance. A court performance and a decision.

The courts making the decision are known in Egypt as "execution judges." They are reckless, law faculty graduates, with no sense of law. They are all members of the "terror court" established by Sisi after the 2013 military coup, to silence, discharge and eliminate opponents.

A few examples from the judges that operate as the executioners of these perfunctory courts are as follows:

Mohamed Nagi Shehata, famous for the black glasses he does not remove even in court, is known – according to press clippings - for issuing 263 death penalties in one session.

Hassan Farid, a judge who has his signature under 147 death penalties, is also the one who issued the death sentences of the last nine people.

Shaban el-Shami is the judge who issued death sentences to more than 160 opponents - most, in absentia - without hearing their defense, without hearing the parties, without trying them. Mohammed Morsi, World Islamic Scholars Union President Yousef el-Karadawi are also among those he sentenced to death.

Said Sabri is another judge known to have issued death penalties for hundreds of people. He sent the death penalties of 683 in a single session to the mufti, and as a result of the same court, he sentenced 496 people to life in prison. He not only rejected the cases filed by the families of those massacred by police in the January 25 Revolution, he also burdened the victims' families with the court costs.

Mohamed Shirin Fahmi is a judge who has issued more than 46 death sentences. He is currently working as one of the important judges of the terrorism department.

The charge pressed against the youth, who were the most recent ones to be executed after being sentenced in these judges' courts, is the assassination organized against former Chief Prosecutor Hesham Barakat. What they are referring to as an assassination is a bomb exploding in a location the chief prosecutor's vehicle passes through.

The bomb that exploded does nothing to the chief prosecutor, as a matter of fact, eye-witnesses even say that the chief prosecutor got out of his vehicle in the scene of the incident and examined it. However, some say that the chief prosecutor needs to go to the hospital because of the explosion, and thus he’s taken to one. Shortly, news gets out that the chief prosecutor died in hospital.

Based on this news, numerous opponent youth are arrested with an operation that is launched quickly - as though it was decided upon prior to the news. Every one of the youth arrested are well-raised, educated, charismatic who are liked by the people around them, and possess leadership capacity. After they are arrested, they are put through grave torture and made to confess they organized an assassination on the chief prosecutor.

The following dialogue between Mahmud el-Ahmed, one of the youth arrested, and the court chief, has already become the symbolic dialogue of this horrific state murder.

"Mahmud: Woe from the Judge of the Skies to the judges of the earth. We will ask you to give account of this on the day of judgment in the presence of God. You know very well that those next to me and I are oppressed.

Judge: But you confessed your crime Mahmud.

Mahmud: Bring me that electric mechanism and we will go into a room with you. I swear to God I will make you confess that you killed Anwar Sadat. We were electrocuted with enough electricity to last Egypt 20 years."

Physical evidence that all the statements were taken under extreme torture were leaked to the media too. When there is such a claim, it is one of the most basic givens of world justice criteria that no sentence can be issued based on a confession - or at least that these claims need to be investigated. Despite this, the death sentences were issued hastily in a single session without any investigation of these claims. Because what was essential was not to find the criminal but to gather and massacre previously selected people by using a crime as an excuse.

In reality, the chief prosecutor assassination, which is said to be the crime, reeked of an Egypt deep state operation. As a matter of fact, victim Hesham Barakat's family was the first to object to this court and its decision by saying, "We do not believe it was these young men that killed our father."

All these show that the people of Egypt are under a horrific enslavement under the hand of Egypt's coup-plotting dictator. We are not talking about the some 100,000 people arrested arbitrarily and currently living under the gravest torture conditions in Egypt's dungeons. The entire Egyptian public is currently living under such an atmosphere of insecurity.

Of course, each one of those in the prisons with the harshest torture conditions are like Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The truth revealed by the Khashoggi murder is that the citizens of these countries have no guarantee against the torture of their own state. What makes a state a state is its provision of its own citizens’ life, property, mind, generation, and religious security. Unfortunately, there is no power to protect citizens against a state that disposes of all these human rights as it desires rather than providing them. The world's interest in Khashoggi should have drawn attention to the systematic murders in an order protected and supported by Khashoggi's murders. If there is a debt to pay for the sake of Khashoggi's memory, it is this.

The Khashoggi murder is, unfortunately, a typical example of the order the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia established in the Middle East. While there are tons of examples of such actions in their own countries, we need to see that they are trying get their order to dominate in Egypt - as well as the other countries they intervene in - as a model

Of course, Sisi is one of those responsible for the massacre-like executions in Egypt, but those who are really responsible are the ones that support and finance him - EU countries like France that encourage him by making trade agreements with him.


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