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Published On: Mon, Jul 3rd, 2017

Egyptian court upholds death sentences in 2013 police station attack – Links to Qatar

nsnbc : An Egyptian court has upheld death sentences against 20 persons in the 2013 attack on a police station in the Giza suburb of Kardasa. The attack – a.k.a. the Kardasa massacre – happened during violent protests following the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and his regime. Close to a dozen police officers were killed in the attack against the police station.

Egypt_Cairo_Kardasa massacre trial_Jul 2017The Court issued the final ruling, upholding death sentences against 20 persons convicted of participating in the attack on a police checkpoint and police station in the Cairo suburb of Kardasa (Kerdada). 15 people, including 11 police officers were killed in the attack. The verdict and sentence was read out by the Court at a Cairo police academy, following the approval by Egypt’s highest religious authority.

Hundreds of police and military recruits and officers were killed in violence following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in a people-powered military coup after some 14 million Egyptians went to the streets and demanded that Morsi either begin negotiating with the opposition in earnest, or step down. The attack against the police station was perceived as particularly brutal because protesters attacked the station, set it ablaze, and then murdered those who desperately tried to escape the inferno.

Many – if not most – of the death sentences that were passed out following the 2013  clashes have not yet been carried out – a number of them have already been transmuted to life sentences in pardons granted by the administration of President al-Sisi. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is trying to bring these death sentences before international bodies, in cooperation with international human rights organizations.

Links to Qatar and the current row between GCC members, Egypt, and Qatar.

It is worth noting that a video broadcast by Egyptian media shows the prominent Qatar-based, Muslim Brotherhood-linked, Egyptian cleric Youssef Qaradawi issuing “fatwah” or religious edict in 2013, calling for the killing of Egyptian police and military forces. Qaradawi has, despite the existing video footage, denied that he ever issued such a fatwah.

Qatar is currently under pressure from its Gulf neighbors and Egypt over Qatar’s alleged support of the Muslim Brotherhood and a cohort of often Muslim Brotherhood linked militant and/or terrorist organizations including Palestine’s Muslim Brotherhood branch Hamas and its military wing, the Qassam Brigades, Libya’s Ansar al-Shariah, Syria’s al-Qaeda branch Jabhat al-Nusra and its diverse manifestations under a cohort of different names, Sudan’s Janjaweed militia, and many others.

Official Taliban office in Doha, Qatar. (archives)

Official Taliban office in Doha, Qatar. (archives)

Besides militant organizations, Qatar also funds  hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organizations throughout the world.  Many of both categories are listed on the terrorism list compiled by the United Arab Emirates in consultation with Egypt in 2014.

Qatar also hosts the Afghan Muslim Brotherhood branch better known as the Taliban. In February 2017 Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani demanded that Qatar takes steps to close down the Taliban office as long as the Taliban engages in violence.

Qatar’s “diplomatic cover” for the Taliban was also recognizable in March 2017, when a Taliban delegation left Doha for an official visit to the People’s Republic of China.

CH/L – nsnbc 03.07.2017

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