Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s famous ousted president court trials are getting postponed due to the absences of witnesses. On June 28, officials said they had no witnesses to present a testimony of Morsi’s alleged prison break. The announcement of yet another continuance has become an ongoing procession by Egyptian prosecutors.
As Morsi waits to tell his version of the saga at trial, he sits behind a protective glass that was installed as a result of his many outbursts in court. Previously, Morsi’s lawyer and three presiding judges all walked out of the courtroom in silent protest. Sources said although there is a strong possibility that none of the remaining witnesses will come forth and testify against Morsi, the witnesses actual accounts of the prison break could be the most damaging evidence.
Many people believe the story behind Morsi’s impeachment will unfold when he exposes the corruption and animosity between Egypt’s elected officials and their appointed personnel. Since last year’s impeachment occurred, Egypt has witnessed the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Although, some people have become weary of Egypt’s stiff death sentences, treason is a still crime punishable by death in that country. Court officials deemed the Brotherhood had caused Egyptian people to suffer greatly, so those who were not killed during the all-out bloody battles with Egyptian brigadier officers were imprisoned in Egyptian jail barracks ever since their leader Morsi lost his presidential post.
Sources said last Thursday Egyptian court officials sentenced to death more than 500 members of the Brotherhood for their active roles in defying military authorities. The Muslim Brotherhood soldiers were held accountable for bringing Egypt to the state of adversity and disaster, and for the deaths of several soldiers.
Before Morsi became president in 2013, court officials allege that he committed prison escape and fraud, among a host other charges. Morsi is also being blamed for political chaos that ensued during his 13 months in office. In a recount of the activities that took place, witnesses first reported that protesters everywhere held public demonstrations disproving the charges against Morsi. During the protests violence took over the streets in Egypt’s capital city, Cairo. Security forces fought hard to squash the violence that became a 6 month clash, primarily between Egyptian police and the Brotherhood. Eventually all the Brotherhood were captured and imprisoned along with their leader, Morsi.
Morsi, Egyptian ousted president court trials are being postponed by court officials who may not have enough evidence to convict the swarthy president. Morsi has been rescheduled to stand in trial at least seven times since his arrest almost a year ago. Many of the people who viewed Morsi’s ousting as a military coup d’état, also consider the many court delays as another attempt to unreasonably detain the ejected president.
Morsi’s presidential election marked Egypt’s first democratic based voting procedures. After Morsi was overthrown, one can merely contemplate whether his philosophies more or less conservative than the ideals held by the parliamentary and other government members.
On June 8, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was officially elected as Egypt’s new president almost a year after Morsi’s disposal. While Morsi, the ousted president, awaits court trials that are getting postponed, many would agree Egypt is no longer evolving towards democracy and has no certain plans on modernization. However, it is time of national mourning for Islāmic believers who may be sympathetic towards the Muslim Brotherhood being sentenced to death.
Opinion by Kimakra Nealy