Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Egypt's policy toward Muslim Brothers undermining own goals

As the government conducts a behind-closed-doors military trial and persists in arresting more members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian regime is creating conditions of mass domestic enmity and international disdain, according to the Daily Star Lebanon.

Forty Muslim Brothers are currently being tried on charges of money-laundering and financing a banned organization. Arab and international human rights groups, the media, and many defense lawyers have been banned from attending the military trial.

On Sunday, police arrested 18 more senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood for allegedly holding anti-government meetings, belonging to a banned organization, and possessing illegal documents, according to press reports.

The Egyptian state’s policies are having the opposite effect they intend—they are at once increasing the determination of the Brotherhood to achieve political party status while lowering any respect that Egypt has internationally.

The policies are also degrading the judicial system, which should form the critical core of any sound governance system. The Daily Star writer suggests that presumed would-be successor Gamal Mubarak, son of Hosni Mubarak, should review and invest more into the judiciary system—introducing reforms similar to those he implemented in the investment and trade fields—to inherit a respectable system.

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