It is not possible for a country –that believes in democracy– to accept the death penalty sentence of Egypt’s elected president Mohamed Morsi, Turkey’s president said on Wednesday in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Addressing a joint press conference with Mladen Ivanic, chairman of three-man Bosnian presidency, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “It is not possible for us who believe in democracy to accept such a coup.”
On Saturday, an Egyptian court referred 122 out of 166 defendants — including Morsi — to the grand mufti to consider possible death sentences over charges of jail breaking and espionage.
“I have consistently said at international platforms that I do not accept Sisi as the president. Today, I am also saying the same thing. To me, the president of Egypt is not Sisi, it is still Morsi,” said Erdogan.
Turkey has been among the few countries to openly call the 2013 seizure of power by the Egyptian army – headed at the time by current President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi – as a “military coup.”
Erdogan previously had called on the Western world to take a stance against the Cairo court’s decision and criticized their silence over the issue.
“If you are democrat and believe in democracy, why do you not say something about these death sentences?” asked Erdogan.
Turkey plans to initiate steps to invoke mechanisms at international organizations with regard to Morsi’s death sentence.
“Just as we will take steps at UN, we will also follow this task at international platforms,” added Erdogan.
The European Union called Monday on the Egyptian judiciary to provide Morsi and more than 100 of his supporters with “the right to a fair trial.”
The U.S. and the United Nations both expressed concern about the decision on Sunday.
Cairo said Sunday it rejected all “inappropriate comments” on the country’s court rulings, labeling them an unacceptable interference in Egypt’s internal affairs.
Resource: Word Bulletin, May 20, 2015