Egyptian government not revengeful with Brotherhood: Presidential adviser

Ahram Online, MENA, Sunday 22 Sep 2013

Presidential adviser says the Egyptian government has taken serious steps towards implementing transitional justice since 30 June

Ali Awad
Ali Awad Saleh Presidency constitutional adviser (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The Egyptian government is achieving transitional justice in relation to the Muslim Brotherhood by neither being revengeful nor selective, presidential constitutional adviser Judge Ali Awad Saleh said on Sunday.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members have been arrested since the violent dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Nahda Square on 14 August. Several Brotherhood members and Islamist supporters are currently facing trial for allegedly 'inciting violence' during these protests and others following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July.

According to state news agency MENA, Saleh, in a speech at the Arab League's Transitional Justice Conference, said that justice is implemented by creating the necessary climate for the country's transition away from tension and conflict through the establishing of a commission that will regulate legal and technical aspects under the direct supervision of the presidency.

According to Saleh, Egypt's interim government has taken concrete steps towards progressing transitional justice following 30 June, which he says didn't happen following the 25 January uprising, including the forming of a ministry for national reconciliation and transitional justice.

These steps, outlined by Saleh, include putting deposed president Mubarak and his associates on trial for all alleged crimes committed during his rule.

Saleh said, although Mubarak and his aides were tried [pre-30 June], charges were [mainly] limited to crimes committed during the eighteen days of the uprising that toppled him and not the 30 year period of his rule.

Mubarak is currently being re-tried for his role in the murder of several hundred 2011 protesters.

Meanwhile, deposed President Mohamed Morsi who has been held incommunicado since his ouster on 3 July, faces charges of inciting violence for clashes that took place last December in front of Al-Itihidaya presidential palace in Cairo. He also faces charges of espionage with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

The constitutional advisor to interim President Adly Mansour added that transitional justice is "indispensable" to achieving social peace in Egypt and Arab countries who have witnessed "drastic changes" over the last few years.  

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