Gulf states to blame for potential Morsi execution

CAIRO: A leading figure of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement has condemned the position of certain Arab states of the Persian Gulf on the potential execution of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

Yehia Hamed, who worked as investment minister in Morsi’s administration, and was the youngest minister in his democratically elected government, specifically pointed fingers at Saudi Arabia, a Press TV correspondent reported.

In press statements published in regional media outlets on Thursday, Hamed said he considered the silence of these countries “a green light” for the military-backed government of former army chief and now president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to go ahead with the execution of Morsi. 

Addressing the leaders of the Persian Gulf Arab states, Hamed who is now in Turkey, reportedly said, “Your silence is unacceptable, and cannot be justified, or comprehended.”

The former official said Sisi’s government was after Morsi’s head because it wanted to rid itself of what he called the “sword of Morsi’s legitimacy.” 

He also said that if the former leader is ever executed, “Morsi’s blood will be a curse upon Sisi and his entire regime, as well as upon all of his aides and allies.”

Hamed finally warned of what he called “a regional earthquake that only God knows its extent,” if Morsi’s death sentence is implemented.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are accused by the Brotherhood of collaboration in the process of Morsi’s overthrow.

Morsi was among more than 100 defendants ordered by a court in Egypt on May 16 to face the death penalty for a mass prison break in 2011 during the country’s revolution against long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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