Last Update 23:10
Monday, 17 June 2019

US urges Egyptian leaders to halt 'political' arrests

US State Department reiterates calls on Egypt to stop "politically motivated" detentions, opt for pluralist democracy

AFP, Tuesday 13 Aug 2013
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1341
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1341

The United States urged Egypt's new leaders Monday to halt all "politically motivated arrests and detentions," but there was no specific mention of the future of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the continued holding of people in custody was one of the problems Egypt has to resolve on its own if it is to move beyond the political unrest of the past six weeks.

"We continue to call for an end to all politically motivated arrests and detentions and emphasize that this won't help Egypt move beyond the crisis. Our position hasn't changed," Harf said.

"It's up to the Egyptian people to decide what their government looks like going forward. We've repeatedly made clear that it's not for us to decide."

Islamist leader Morsi has been in detention since his ouster on July 3. When asked about the decision of Egypt's judiciary to extend Morsi's time in custody by 15 days, Harf did not mention the ousted leader by name.

"There needs to be an inclusive, democratic process going forward," Harf said, noting the need for Egyptian leaders to respect people's right to assemble peacefully.

"We don't take sides. We're not going to decide what the future of Egypt's government looks like," she added.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
3



Ostasia
13-08-2013 03:44pm
1-
2+
Double Standards
US - stay out of the business of Egypt. What you call "political arrests" are actually individuals held on charges that are quite serious. What about YOUR political detainees and those you try to persecute around the world and even cause diplomatic rifts over. It's funny when US lectures others on democracy, human rights and fair detentions/trials. Worst violations happen in the US lately, and even outside with your policies, drone strikes, spying etc. Clean your house first before you point at the dirt in another.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
2



caracal
13-08-2013 01:16pm
0-
2+
Arrests could prove embarrassing for US?
Could it be that the US are alarmed about "political arrests" because of the possibility that information that may emerge that would be potentially very embarrassing? Yesterday a US news outlet claimed Muslim Brotherhood Egypt)connections to assassination of US Amb Chris Stevens in Benghazi) From there on, you can connect more dots.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
1



Bert
13-08-2013 11:35am
0-
2+
Rubbish
Tell the US to keep out of Egyptian affairs. Either that or tell them to come and live here to see what kind of mess the 'Political Prisoners' have created in this country. These prisoners are criminals, many of whom escaped from prison in 2011 including the ousted president.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.