Egypt slams Turkish criticism of mass death sentences
CAIRO – Anadolu Agency
AA PhotoEgypt’s Foreign Ministry has hit back at Turkish criticism of mass death sentences ruled by an Egyptian court against 183 people for engaging in deadly violence two years ago.
In a statement headlined “Egypt denounces Turkish nonsense,” the ministry said yesterday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry had not “considered the feelings of the martyrs’ families and their right to justice.”
An Egyptian court on Feb. 2 sentenced 183 people to death after finding them guilty of involvement in an attack on a police station and killing 13 policemen two years ago in the town of Kerdasa located in the Giza province.
The defendants – many of whom are supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi – were convicted of involvement in the attack that followed Morsi’s ouster by the military.
The mass death sentences were harshly condemned by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, which said the ruling was “far from a fair trial” and would not provide Egypt with long-term peace or stability.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the statements came from a government “that is accused by the international community of systematically and blatantly violating human rights, attacking peaceful protesters, raiding newspapers, detaining journalists without trial and banning social media sites.”
The Turkish Foreign Ministry, it went on, “should focus on [Turkey’s] internal affairs to rectify these negativities instead of putting its nose in others’ affairs, because the Turkish government – with its human rights record – is the last that should make judgments or give lessons to others.”
Egypt accused Turkey of “continuously supporting the terrorist [Muslim] Brotherhood group and hosting many of its members and channels that incite murder and terror.”
Relations between Egypt and Turkey deteriorated severely after Morsi’s ouster by the army in July 2013, with both countries downgrading their respective diplomatic representation.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan insists on calling Morsi’s ouster a “military coup.”
Egypt, meanwhile, accuses Ankara of interfering with its affairs and ignoring “the will of the Egyptian people.”