Egypt judge could be executed for encouraging foreign intervention: Salafist leader

News article, posted 04.29.2013, from Egypt, in:
Egypt judge could be executed for encouraging foreign intervention: Salafist leader (Photo: Al Ahram)

The deputy head of the Salafist Al-Watan Party Yosri Hammad warned Saturday that Egypt's head of the Judges Club Ahmed El-Zend could face the death penalty over comments he made that were interpreted by some as an invitation for foreign intervention in the country.

“Is the law going to be applied on the one who invited Obama in a public speech to interfere in the internal issues of Egypt?” wondered Hammad, a rheumatologist, on his Facebook page, referring to statements made by El-Zend Monday.

El-Zend, who as a judge has legal immunity, criticised recent rallies organised by the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters demanding the purging of judiciary.

During a speech on Monday, the veteran judge said he would present a legal complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the organisers of the anti-judiciary protests as a “crime against humanity.”

El-Zend further called on the US to “take responsiblity and remove the burden experienced by the Egyptian people, especially its judges.”

"I tell Obama, if you are not aware of what is happening in Egypt, this is a big crisis, and if you are aware, that is a bigger crisis,” said El-Zend.

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