The Rendon Group Snapshot Report – 18 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 18, 2015

The Rendon Group Snapshot Report

(18MAY15)

 

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Mohamed Morsi Verdict

 

Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi waves from inside the defendant’s cage during his trial at the police academy in Cairo on January 8, 2015.

(AFP Photo/STR)

 

This week’s snapshot focuses on Egypt’s ousted President, Mohamed Morsi, who was sentenced to death by an Egyptian court on May 16. Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, was ousted by the military following protests in July 2013.

 

 

News Summary of events during the week of 11MAY15 – 17MAY15

  • 16MAY: An Egyptian court sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death. (AP)
  • 16MAY: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked the death sentence handed out by an Egyptian court to former president Mohamed Morsi, saying it was like a return to “ancient Egypt”. (AFP)
  • 17MAY: A prominent Qatar-based Muslim cleric said that death sentences handed down by an Egyptian court against himself and deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi violated Islam. (AFP)
  • 17MAY: The United States said it is “deeply concerned” about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mursi. (Reuters)
  • 17MAY: The European Union denounced the death sentence handed down against Egypt’s ousted president Morsi and at least 100 others, noting the penalty stemmed from a flawed trial. (AFP)

 

 

Samples of Twitter handles regarding the Morsi verdict

  • @KristenMcTighe – Kristin McTighe, Journalist covering Africa and the Middle East, The International New York Times
  • @Beltrew –  Bel Trew, Journalist at The Times
  • @TamerELG –  Tamer El-Ghobashy, Middle East and North Africa Correspondent at The Wall Street Journal
  • @Borzou – Borzou Daragahi, Middle East and North African Correspondent for the Financial Times
  • @AkyolinEnglish –  Mustafa Akol, Opinion Writer, for NYT, Al Monitor and Hurriyet Daily News

 

 

Samples of Third Party Validators regarding the Morsi verdict

Mona El-Ghobashy, visiting scholar, The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University

“The self-appointed permanent guardians of the state, judiciary and military are messaging that the revolution’s political results (free elections, civilian president, right to protest) were unnatural, unreal and unsustainable…They’re saying to Egyptians: This whole business of democracy and choosing your rulers is a fantasy. That’s not the way power works here.”

– Egyptian Court Sentences Ousted President Morsi to Death, The New York Times, 16MAY15

 

Yasser El-Shimy, Egyptian academic, Boston University

“Morsi being an Islamist leader and a symbolic figure … has to be punished harshly in order to convey the unambiguous message to all Islamists and other activists that there is no going back to the pre-June 2013 democratic transition. Ultimately, if the verdict is carried out, it will push many Islamist youths further away from peaceful political participation, and make it virtually impossible to achieve political reconciliation in Egypt.”

–  Islamists warn of backlash over Mohamed Morsi death sentence, The Guardian, 16MAY15

 

Fawaz Gerges, Professor of Middle East Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science

“The new regime of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is using all elements of the state to break the political will of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

–  Morsi verdict alarms US, experts see ‘war’ on Brotherhood, Agence France-Presse (AFP), 17MAY15

 

Ahmed Ban, political expert, Nile Center for Political and Religious Studies

“I don’t expect dramatic or violent changes in Egypt based on the death verdict.”

–  Experts disagree on impact of Morsi’s death sentence on Egypt, Xinhua, 17MAY15

 

Mustafa Kamel Al-Sayyid, Political Professor, Cairo University

“Morsi was a detainee and not a prisoner when the revolution against Mubarak erupted. So for someone who is not condemned and detained illegally, for him to get out of prison is not a crime.”

– Morsi mass trial death sentence alarms US, EU, Agence France-Presse (AFP), 18MAY15

 

 

Samples of open source research conducted by TRG analysts related to the Morsi verdict

 

1. Court sentences Egypt’s ousted president to death

 

Media: Associated Press

Byline: N/A

Date: 16 May 2015

 

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death.

 

The verdict was announced Saturday in Cairo.

 

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2. Erdogan attacks Morsi verdict as return to ‘ancient Egypt’

 

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 16 May 2015

 

Istanbul, May 16, 2015 (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday attacked the death sentence handed out by an Egyptian court to former president Mohamed Morsi, saying it was like a return to “ancient Egypt”.

 

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3. Qatar cleric says Egypt death sentence violates Islam

 

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 17 May 2015

 

Doha, May 17, 2015 (AFP) – A prominent Qatar-based Muslim cleric said Sunday that death sentences handed down by an Egyptian court against himself and deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi violated Islam.

 

Egyptian-born preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi said the death sentences handed down on Saturday against more than 100 defendants, who also included Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, ran contrary to Islamic law.

 

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4. Morsi verdict alarms US, experts see ‘war’ on Brotherhood

 

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 17 May 2015

 

Cairo, May 17, 2015 (AFP) – The United States expressed alarm Sunday at death sentences for Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi and dozens of others, a verdict experts called a declaration of “total war” on his Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Morsi was among more than 100 defendants ordered by a court on Saturday to face the death penalty for their role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.

 

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5. U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ over Mursi death sentence bid by Egyptian court

 

Media: Reuters

Byline: N/A

Date: 17 May 2015

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is “deeply concerned” about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohamed Mursi, a State Department official said on Sunday.

 

“We are deeply concerned by yet another mass death sentence handed down by an Egyptian court to more than 100 defendants, including former President Mursi,” the official said after the court’s ruling was announced on Saturday, drawing condemnation from rights group Amnesty International.

 

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6. UPDATE: EU denounces Morsi death sentence

 

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 17 May 2015

 

Brussels, May 17, 2015 (AFP) – The European Union denounced Sunday the death sentence handed down against Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi and at least 100 others, noting the penalty stemmed from a flawed trial.

 

“The court decision to seek the death penalty… was taken at the end of a mass trial that was not in line with Egypt’s obligations under international law,” said the EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini in a statement.

 

She added that Egypt has to guarantee defendants’ rights to a fair trial and to an independent investigation. Her statement said the EU believes the sentence will be revised upon appeal.

 

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