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China says Egypt's Morsi death sentence a 'domestic affair'

In contrast to other countries, China refused to comment on the preliminary death sentence for the former president

Ahram Online , Monday 18 May 2015
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Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei (Photo: AP)
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China on Monday said the preliminary death sentence handed out to Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by a court this week is a domestic affair, declining to join other states which have criticised the ruling.

In response to a question at a press conference on Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said that China "believes that the domestic affairs of Egypt should be decided by the Egyptian people themselves."

On Saturday, Morsi and 105 other defendants received a preliminary death sentence on charges related to breaking out of jail during the 2011 unrest, when mass protests erupted against then president Hosni Mubarak.

The sentence has gone to the grand mufti, a senior cleric, for consultation. His advice regarding the ruling is non-binding as the court will return a verdict in the case on 2 June.

Lei added that China hopes that "Egypt will continue with the process of political transition, and realise social stability, economic growth and improvement of people's livelihood."

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Sunday that the "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."

Mogherini said that the EU opposes the death penalty “under all circumstances.”

US officials also denounced the sentence, saying they were deeply concerned by yet another mass death sentence in Egypt.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meanwhile decried the court's verdict as a "return to Ancient Egypt."

The Egyptian authorities described the criticism as "ignorant and inaccurate."

China has also faced international criticism for its death penalty record; the country has the highest number of executions worldwide.

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Key
22-05-2015 04:48pm
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Mobarak murdered Sadat. Is it fair to talk about justice now when Morsi gets what he deserves?
I agree with you that Mobarak should not have walked away 100% however from a judicial perspective how is the prosecution going to find papers beginning 30 years ago to prove what that criminal mobarak, his wife & kids have done? We ALL know what they have done. They know it we know it but under a judicial umbrella he didn't leave any traces. A prime example: Mobarak, Jimmy Carter and the MB were the trio that murdered former President Anwar El Sadat. Till this day with the exception of Islambooly, the remaining MB, Jimmy and Mobarak have walked away free because it was covered without a trace but we all know who the killers are. Fast forward to 2011 - 2014, the MB were vocally arrogant about their crimes and unlike Mobarak who slowly destroyed Egypt in 30 years, they accelerated 30 years of destruction in one year. The fact that they've executed their crimes in a hurry allowed it to surface in broad daylight, which can easily be proven in court.
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Key
21-05-2015 09:25pm
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Durians are not grown in Africa
Neo, I strongly urge you to look at the overall justice picture instead of focusing on Morsi and Mobarak. What is the difference between Mohamed Morsi, Saddam Hossein and Gaddafi? They were all presidents. If the US and EU were really concerned about the safety and life of a man just because he was a president like Mohamed Morsi, why did they NOT condemn violations of all laws and international treaties in relation to how Saddam and Gaddafi have been treated, that they just not allowed it, but they also blessed it so very much. Bottom line is that the US and EU are losing people’s respect in Egypt, because every time these western Durians make a declaration concerning Egypt, they are making fools out of themselves not the other way round.
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Neo
22-05-2015 03:12pm
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The great value of Ahram
Thanks AO for fostering healthy and informed dialogues. Key, I look at the overall justice picture and I would like to separate 2 points: (1) Western Intervention, I don’t deny that Western powers have their own agendas, as they have always had in the 3rd world, but at certain point we need to take OUR responsibility and stop scapegoating them, look at India, no country suffered more Imperialism in the past, but they moved on, and so should we. (2) I equate all Arab dictators in guilt such as Saddam, Gaddafi, Morsi, Mubark, Salman, Sabah, Assad ..etc. I don’t really care how US/EU see them, They all FAILED to treat our people with dignity, they kept them poor, ignorant, and humiliated, and for that I’d send them all to hell if it’s up to me. Not that Morsi is not guilty, but, in my humble opinion Mubarak is 30 times more guilty, for getting Egypt to be what it is today; poor, illiterate, and jobless.
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Neo
18-05-2015 05:48pm
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It Is ...
But the world is watching and wondering how one criminal committed crimes for ONE year and is sentenced to death, and another criminal committed crimes for THIRTY years and is allowed to walk free. The World is laughing at our so called “justice” system!
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Neo
19-05-2015 10:42pm
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Apples and Durians
Key, you’re right; we cannot compare Mubarak to Morsi. One committed the ultimate TREASON, and the other was an Islamist delusional. Taking your fruit analogy; Mubarak would be a “Durian”, disgusting and repulsive.
Key
19-05-2015 10:35am
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apples and oranges
why would you compare mobarak's crimes with morsi's? Mobarak was a thief for thirty years. Morsi committed TREASON. Thieves don't get dealt with the same way traitors do. On a popular level we really wonder, is there anything else the US and EU are concerned about except for safety and prosperity of terrorists?
Farhan
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Morsi didn't do any crime, he is just being targetted because he became president
He challenged authority of military that is only his crime is. China is ok with it because they also commit same kind of crimes all the time.
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