Deposed Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi has declared that he will never recognize President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s coup against him, according to his son Abdullah Morsi.
The former president was further quoted to have emphasized that his position of defiance was “out of respect for the Egyptian people and their choices,” the London-based news site Arabi21 reported on Thursday.
The statements were made after Egyptian authorities allowed Morsi’s family to visit him in a short 25-minute session, being the third such meeting since he was imprisoned as an aftermath of the coup that was staged on July 3, 2013 by his then-defense minister Sisi.
The country’s first democratically elected president now faces a death sentence and numerous imprisonment terms on charges of endangering national security, insulting the judiciary and even espionage cooperation with Hamas, Hezbollah and Qatar.
Back in March, a panel of UK legislators and attorneys had asserted that Morsi, who has diabetes and liver disease, is likely to face “premature death” in prison, due to low poor prison conditions and inhumane treatment.
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The crackdown on the former Egyptian ruler and his political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, has sparked widespread outrage around the world as rights campaigners and governments criticize the Sisi administration for collectively imprisoning the party’s members.
Rights groups say the army’s crackdown on the Brotherhood and its supporters has resulted in deaths of over 1,400 people. About 22,000 others have been arrested, including more than 200 people who have been sentenced to death in mass trials.
By Africafrique and agencies