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Egypt condemns Turkey’s comments on ‘Kerdasa Trial’ verdict

Turkey says it "will maintain its solidarity with Egyptian people", Egypt's Foreign Ministry retorts that it is an "irony"

Egyptian policemen evacuate Giza security chief Nabil Farrag after he was shot during a raid in the village of Kerdassah on the outskirts of Cairo, on September 19, 2013. Farrag was killed when Egyptian security forces stormed Kerdassah in the latest crackdown on Islamist militants, security officials said.  (AFP PHOTO / AHMED ALI)
Egyptian policemen evacuate Giza security chief Nabil Farrag after he was shot during a raid in the village of Kerdassah on the outskirts of Cairo, on September 19, 2013. 

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemned Turkey’s comments on the “Kerdasa Trial” verdict in a statement on Wednesday, describing them as having “caused disgust and condemnation”.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry had “strongly condemned” Tuesday the sentencing to death of 183 people as constituting “a new contingent of mass death sentences, reaching up to 1,000 persons, in the framework of the political decisions taken at the courts following the coup in Egypt in July 2013”.

On 2 February, the Giza Criminal Court sentenced 183 out of 188 defendants to death on charges of storming the Kerdasa police station, murdering at least 11 policemen in August 2013.

The Turkish statement read that “the number of political prisoners has risen to 20,000 since the coup in 2013”, and that Egypt “cannot reach lasting peace and stability” with mass death sentences. It went on to say that “Turkey will maintain its solidarity with Egyptian people”.

The Foreign Ministry said it “consistently ignored” the comments issued by the Turkish side, as the accusations come from a government accused internationally for its “flagrant and systematic violation of human rights”.

The ministry described the Turkish statement as “ironic” as it points to “Turkey’s stance with the Egyptian people” while its practices prove otherwise. This can be noted from statements by Turkish officials that “constantly and continuously show support for the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group”. In addition, the ministry accused the Turks of airing satellite channels from Turkish territory that “incite murder, intimidation and terrorism”.

Egypt summoned the Turkish charge d’affaires in Cairo to protest “the airing of these terrorist inflammatory channels” as it represents “a flagrant violation” to the United Nations Charter and the norms of international law.

Relations between Egypt and Turkey have been on the brink since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. The Turkish government has reiterated its opposition to the current Egyptian government and to President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on different occasions. Egypt describes the opposition as “flagrant intervention” in Egypt’s internal affairs.

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  • Learned_Goyim

    I’m starting to think that Egypt rulers don’t have any sense of proportionality when they accuse Turkey of human rights violations.
    Surely Turkey has had its fair share of protests against government policies and anti-riots police intervened, in the same way New York police intervened against the Occupy-Wall-St protesters. These interventions have been violent at times, and inexcusable excess of force was used.
    What the clowns ruling in Cairo need to grasp is that the DIPROPORTIONALITY of systematically killing protesters CANNOT be compared with using non-lethal force for crowd control.
    They cannot go around and accuse other governments of human rights violations, while at the same time they regularily issue shoot-to-kill orders against unarmed protesters.
    Their rationale is if it’s necesaary to send a police officer to arrest a shoplifter in Istanbul, they feel entitled to send an armed brigade to deal with a shoplifter in Cairo. They both use force, but one is far too disproportionate!
    Thank God, no one in the “civilized” parts of the world take them seriously!

    • Armenian

      Mr. Cuck,

      You must be kidding. There must be a reason that Turkey’s bid to join the EU has been rejected for years. Actually, many reasons, to include corruption, violation of human rights, occupation of Cyprus, and most recently Erdogan and his government affiliation with terrorist group like ISIS. When Erdogan’s boyfriend Morsi and his government were using violence against real peaceful protesters, Erdogan and his cronies were shut. Turkey’s only problem that Al-Sisi disrupted their plans in the region, and now Turkey has no where to go. They can’t join the EU, because their records are not up to the EU standards, and can’t play the big guy role in the Middle East because Sisi put a stop to that. With Turkey opening their territories to ISIS fighters to cross into Syria and Iraq, and their airwaves to MB terrorists to promote violence and encourage killing, Turkey is definitely a State Sponsor of terror. Just a matter of time before it is official.

      • Tom Jones

        EU has been avoiding acceptin turkey not for human right violations but because it is a muslim country. EU uses the Kurdish question in order to justify its discriminator stance against turkey

      • Learned_Goyim

        I will give you the benefit of doubt and won’t call you names. In fact, your namesake brings up another human tragedy. Namely the Armenian genocide which I think Turkey should apologize for and compensate the victims’ descendants.
        While I can understand your bitterness with Turkey and its past transgressions, I do not necessarily agree with your reasoning. Don’t let your anger takeover your reasoning. Assuming that the MB are good buddies with Turkey, it does not give licence to Sissy to slaughter them by the thousands. Violence is never the answer to resolving political dissent.
        I am not praising Turkey’s human rights record, far from it. It ought to get in line with that of the international community at large.
        That being said we need to call a spade a spade. What the coup-government is doing to its civilian protesters is nothing short of a war crime.
        The logic of “our friends’ enemies are our enemies too” is too tempting to get even but you end up hurting those who did not wrong you, and perpetuating the cycle of violence.
        In fact, those who suffered the most should avoid the suffering of others.

        • Quite incorrect.

          My understanding is that the actions of the Muslim Brotherhood have resulted in this “Political Party” being labelled a Terrorist organization.

          At the heart of the problem is that Islam has failed to accept the “Definition of Terrorism” certainly as framed by Great Britain.

          Terrorism is however unacceptable and all those who commit acts of Terrorism should be executed without delay,

          Countries that support Terrorist Groups, such as Turkey, should also be universally isolated and condemned. (Referring to Hamas in particular)

  • Tom Jones

    as far as human rights are concerned, Turkey is ahead of all Muslim countries. this is a fact and cannot be denied. its relations with kurds is a different story

    • Askar Kazaboon

      I’d also rate Indonesia and Tunisia as being near the forefront of Muslim countries which are progressing. I also had hopes for Bangladesh, but the recent events there are very disturbing.

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