Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy is defending his country’s sentencing “of nearly 700 people to death, many of them members or supporters of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.”
Fahmy is currently touring the U.S. and spoke to NPR’s All Things Considered (ATC) about the court’s decision.
According to NPR, Fahmy responded to accusations that Egypt’s courts are no longer “independent” by calling the accusations “nonsense.”
He made clear that “due process” is followed and intimated the sentencing will be reviewed for “mistakes.” He said, “If there were mistakes, there will be corrections. But if there aren’t any mistakes, [that] will be evident to everyone.”
ATC asked Fahmy when the thinks the Muslim Brotherhood might be allowed back “in political life.” He responded by pointing out that the Muslim Brotherhood is “a terrorist organization in Egypt,” and he does not think it will be “back in the system in the next few years.”
Fahmy suggested the Muslim Brotherhood’s inflexibility is their own worst enemy: “Their ideology, regrettably, is exclusive, rather than inclusive.”
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