A number of human rights organizations expressed their complete rejection to referring Khairat Al Shater and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders to the military courts and considered this as a serious violation to the right of having a fair trial which is guaranteed by the constitution and international human rights covenants.
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights and the Arab Center for Democracy and Human Rights demanded in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Ikhwanweb, that Al Shater and other MB leaders appear before a civil court, and repeal emergency laws .
The statement pointed out that the military courts violate many guarantees which are necessary for having a fair trial like: violating the defendant’s right to prepare his defense, violating the defense right in knowing the case files and meeting clients privately, and not taking into consideration torturing the defendants; add to this that the military courts are exceptional courts for civilians, because their rulings can’t be challenged in front of any other court, and their rulings aren’t supervised by any higher Court to observes the right application of law; these rulings are only ratified by the president who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces or any authorized military officer.
The statement demanded also repealing the state of emergency which is imposed since 1981, according to which are violated the rights and public freedoms guaranteed by the constitution and international human rights covenants, and specially the right to appear before a fair trial. The statement demands also including the various political powers in the fabric of the Egyptian society and allowing them to participate in the political process, and allowing political powers to form parties regardless of their intellectual affiliations and allowing them to have a space in the political landscape.
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