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Sisi defends Egypt's human rights record during Germany visit

The Egyptian leader also discussed means to boost economic and technological cooperation between Cairo and Berlin

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Jun 2015
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sissi address the media during a joint press conference as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (Photo: AP)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi defended Egypt's human rights record during a visit to Germany, amid concerns over death sentences handed to dozens of Islamist figures.

"We are keen on lives and on human beings,” El-Sisi said during a joint press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday in Berlin. "We are seeking to foster high human values in the face of tough circumstances."

Hours before El-Sisi left for Germany Tuesday, an Egyptian court said it would announce its final ruling next week on a death sentence recently handed down to former president Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted in 2013 after a year in office.

Since Morsi's overthrow, the government has launched a sustained crackdown mainly targeting Islamists and which has seen thousands jailed and dozens sentenced to death. The campaign comes against the backdrop of a mounting Islamist insurgency that has killed hundreds of police and military personnel.

"The death sentences are mostly issued in absentia, and are then overturned once defendants turn themselves in. Then retrials begin pursuant to both Egyptian and international laws," El-Sisi said.

"[The sentences] are the first step in lengthy prosecution procedures," the president added, hinting that any move to criticise such measures would be premature.

Merkel said she hoped Cairo would move to resolve the issues of the death penalty and human rights abuses, citing them as aspects of a "difference of opinion" between Germany and Egypt.

Merkel nonetheless underlined that Egypt is a key strategic ally in the Middle East.

The German chancellor added that her talks with El-Sisi tackled militant violence in the region and the key role Cairo is playing to combat terrorism.

El-Sisi said that Egypt's efforts to "confront religious fascism" have stopped terrorism from spilling over into the rest of the region.

"We could have been a handful of refugees."

Both leaders also discussed means to boost economic and technological cooperation between Cairo and Berlin.

But pandemonium erupted towards the end of the press conference after a woman yelled, "He is a murderer!" in reference to El-Sisi, amid other shouts of "Down, down with military rule!" El-Sisi supporters responded by yelling, "Long live Egypt!" as the two leaders left the room.

El-Sisi held talks earlier on the day with President Joachim Gauck in the Bellevue Palace in Berlin.

During his two-day visit, the Egyptian leader is scheduled to meet corporate heads at a business conference Thursday.

Dozens of El-Sisi supporters, including celebrities, flew early Tuesday to Berlin ahead of the visit.

But a human rights activist, Mohammed Lotfy, who was due to speak before Germany's parliament, said security officials confiscated his passport and barred him from travelling.

Last month, Parliamentary Speaker Norbert Lammert said he would not meet El-Sisi when he came to Berlin, citing human rights concerns and "a systematic crackdown on opposition groups."

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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
07-06-2015 10:38am
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Egypt shouldn't defend anything
Egypt is an independent sovereign state.We are free to defend our national security by the way we see right. We will never be deceived anymore by shiny slogans such as(Democracy) or ( Human rights) and actually they want our country to be like Iraq and Lybia. All prisoners are in prison based on the provisions of the Judiciary. Also, prisons are inspected regularly by Judiciary.Morsi and his gang are in prison due to (criminal offenses) and not (political crimes).
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sawsan mostafa ali
08-06-2015 05:01pm
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TO: Allen
Thank you Allen ---------you are right in ignoring them----one shouldn't waste his time with such desperate frustrated people..
Allen
07-06-2015 11:55pm
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Got that right Sowsan
Ignore the Muslim brotherhood lunatic, the guy is desperate, be it with his pro terrorist rants or his fake votes in the hundreds. Between him and illiterate Khan, they are both embarrassing themselves but they are not smart enough to know it.
sawsan mostafa ali
07-06-2015 11:09pm
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To: Farhan
And you speak like a true pure Ekhwan-----congrantulations.
Farhan
07-06-2015 07:17pm
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Spoken like a true Nazi
You should be ashamed of yourself and your existence.
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Farhan
05-06-2015 04:23pm
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Hitler also defended his crimes against Jews
This is nothing new, all dictators defend their crimes but its upto civilized people to stop these Nazis from keep on butchering people.
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Russell
06-06-2015 02:20am
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Votes
it is rather refreshing, "allen", to see YOUR fake votes being out-numbered for the first time in a long time. Is the tide turning??
Allen
06-06-2015 01:37am
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Farhan the only thing legitimate about you is your mental insecurity
That is why you need over a thousand fake votes which apparently for a Muslim brotherhood like you gives you a sense of false security.
Farhan
05-06-2015 10:07pm
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@Allen, Don't cry when you can not surpass using fake vote
Power of legitimate votes is too much, you can't stay in front of it.
Allen
05-06-2015 08:24pm
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Farhan catching up to his usual standard of fake votes.
Passing the fake votes over a thousand is good boy, but you are far short of what the Muslim brotherhood terrorists expect from you, fake some more.
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Aladdin, Alex
04-06-2015 04:29pm
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Well Done Mr. President
We thank you for your leadership to confront religious fascism and its spread in Middle East and hijacking merciful Islam. Allah Akber.
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Farhan
04-06-2015 03:41pm
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They could have used those 9 billion dollars to install solar power plants across Egypt
It would have provided hundreds of thousands Egyptians with job opportunities and Egypt would have received unlimited supply of free energy. stupid is as stupid does. In Western countries where solar power is not that reliable still people are putting solar panels on their houses to generate electricity for their homes, What is stopping Egyptians from doing it. Egypt needs to invest more in research and development of Solar energy resources. Egypt has been wasting money on stupid projects like "New Capital", worthless housing projects. instead of that they should invest on infrastructure and industrialization of Egypt.
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Farhan
05-06-2015 08:14pm
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@Allen, Its you who is faking the votes, my votes are all legitimate.
Stop using vote bots.
Allen
05-06-2015 05:36pm
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The real question is
Do you actually feel any accomplishment when you vote for yourself over and over when you and everyone knows you are faking the votes here.
Farhan
05-06-2015 04:42pm
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@Allen, you down voted me for this comment I don't know why
Let me tell you the truth , Solar panels in 5% of Sahara desert could power entire world. Only problem would be transfer of electricity over long distance. In Egypt every city can have their own solar panel area , they can also put solar panels on their homes. Even poor country like India has achieved lot in solar energy.
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Ahmed El Sherif
04-06-2015 06:29am
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The Brotherhood's Religious Fascist Character
Defending the Brotherhood in the name of democracy would be a contradiction in terms. During Mursi's one-year rule, the opposition was excluded from political process , and the Brotherhood was systematically dominating state institutions thus breaching the principle of state neutrality , a precondition for democracy . Worse still, Egypt was being pulled back into the Middle ages with defamation of the fine arts, marginalizing of women, the torching of churches, the lowering of marriage age to 9 years, calls for banning arts, sports and French from schools and state interference in private life thus blurring the line between the public and the private, a breach of democracy. After Mursi's ouster, the Brotherhood is engaged in daily violence planting booby traps, attacking security personnel and blowing-up power stations, not to mention the Brotherhood's links with other terrorist groups in Sinai and elsewhere in the region. The Brotherhood ideology has spawned terrorist organizations
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Key
03-06-2015 08:07pm
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EU Fights Terrorism but they Support Terrorists
On 27/1/2015, Muslim Brotherhood announced on their official Website Ikhwanonline.com, the Islamic Jihad against the Egyptian state, it was just two days before the terror attacks in El-Arish Sinai which took place on 29/1/2015, resulting in 30 killed from our military, police forces and civilians including children. This was in addition to more than 70 injured and 29 unidentified bodies, after the fall of rocket-propelled grenades on security and residential premises by the same terrorist entity Germany feverishly supports. Now these low life European government officials have the nerve to criticize Egyptian Law for applying the correct rule of Law by cleansing itself from this terror cancer. I wonder are there any US or European officials who support MB terrorists so blindly and fiercely that they not feel any embarrassment or shame in front of their own people, or even when they look at themselves in front of their toilet mirror? Tahya Misr!
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Allen
03-06-2015 07:35pm
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The only explanation should come from Angela
Why are soft on world terrorism, and why are you victimizing victims of terrorism by being an apologist for terrorists??? President Sisi is doing his job and owes you no explanation for protecting the citizens of Egypt from the Muslim brotherhood terrorists.
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Adam Neira
03-06-2015 04:14pm
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Don't execute Morsi !
If President Sisi and Grand Mufti Allam know what is good for their country they will agree to the order to execute Mohammed Morsi. To do so would play into the hands of the extremists. The concept of mercy is not foreign to Islam. It is mentioned many times in the Koran.
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Farhan
05-06-2015 07:44pm
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Sisi should be executed
Morsi has not done any crime.
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