Just in case you forgot...Here's what happened in Egypt last August: Despite winning the elections, President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood Party were removed from office by the military. The blatant coup d'etat forcibly occupied government buildings and arrested the Commander In Chief and his cabinet. Hastily, they named Chief Justice Adly Mansour as interim President. Such hostile actions are not tolerated by the African Union, who quickly suspended Egypt...the continent's second largest population...from the political body.
Back in Egypt, protesters occupied main squares to show their anger over elected officials being forcibly removed by the military. In Minya, hundreds stormed into a police station, where an officer was killed. The army intervened and arrested everyone. One you're arrested in Egypt, you are at the whim of one of the world's worst judicial systems. Only 16 of the 529 defendants were present in court for the proceedings, which took place last week. And those who did appear before the jury have to do so in a metal cage. That imagery certainly skews any hope of impartiality. No one was surprised when all were given death sentences.
|Defendants in a cage at a trial.|