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Turkey's Erdogan says Morsi death sentence 'a return to Ancient Egypt

AFP , Ahram Online , Saturday 16 May 2015
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
In this Thursday, March 12, 2015 file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey (Photo: AP)
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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", AFP reported.

"The popularly-elected president of Egypt... has unfortunately been sentenced to death. Egypt is turning back into ancient Egypt," Erdogan said at a rally in Istanbul, accusing the West of "turning a blind eye" to the 2013 ouster of Morsi.

On Saturday the Cairo Criminal Court issued a preliminary death sentence to Morsi and 105 other defendants in the trial, known in the Egyptian press as the "Natroun jailbreak case". 

In the case, the prosecution had charged Morsi and co-defendants with damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder, attempted murder, looting prison weapons depots and releasing prisoners.

The court has sent its decision in the Natroun case to the country's grand mufti for a consultative review as required by Egyptian law, setting 2 June as a date for a final verdict.

Relations between Egypt and Turkey have been strained since the ouster of Morsi, an ally of Erdogan, in 2013. 

Cairo has objected to Ankara's criticism of the ouster of Morsi as well as its hosting of several exiled leaders of the now-banned Brotherhood.

Erdogan has repeatedly called for the release of the former president. 

The Egyptian government has required since 2014 that Egyptians between the ages of 18 and 40 who want to travel to Turkey must obtain security clearance.

 

 

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Farhan
18-05-2015 02:03am
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He is totally right
Egypt is being ruled by pharaoh right now.
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Ahmed
17-05-2015 01:04pm
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This is a kangaroo court
Egyptian courts are kangaroo courts. Egyptian authorities cannot fool the world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rightly said that, it was like a return to "ancient Egypt". "The popularly-elected president of Egypt... has unfortunately been sentenced to death. Egypt is turning back into ancient Egypt," We condemn the Egyptian dictatorship and its kangaroo court clown judges and their "circus of phoney trials".
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R
16-05-2015 09:42pm
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Do me a Favour
Shut Up you always talk of democracy and you know nothing of it you became president of turkey and then did a referendum to see if the president now in turkey should get more powers suddenly you came to the conclusion that actually turkey is better off with a presidential system rather than the current system, so the question is why didn't you do this referendum while you were the prime minster, rather than now, you didn't because you are a sultan not a president or a prime minster.
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khan
16-05-2015 04:36pm
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grate leader grate word
we respect what mr Erdogan said he is true and faith full leader not like dictator tyrent sisi west agent
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Farid
16-05-2015 04:01pm
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Seriously?
Erdogan putting all his opposition leaders, military and police officers/generals who are against him is Turkey's step back to Stone Age! Keep comments for yourself Mr. "Arrogant"
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