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A Corrupt Justice Court? Not Strange in Egypt

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 4/04/2016 Menna Elnaka

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The court system in Egypt finds it easiest to issue a death sentence to a group of people simultaneously (529 at one point) because why bother and observe each case separately, right? Latest and funniest case was having a name-mistake and instead of issuing a life-sentence to the right man, they issued it to his three-year-old son (The court thankfully, and surprisingly, admitted the mistake in the end).
Particularly in the last couple of years, the court has issued life-sentences to people who haven't even received a chance to see the real world yet. People in their teenage lives who wanted to change their country. Or people who happen to be affiliated with their fathers whose ideologies come in line with that of the Muslim Brotherhood's. Or people who have nothing to do with anything political, but were found in the wrong place at the wrong time, and were taken and sentenced to life in prison. Can you imagine that? Going in 18 and coming out 30 something? Because of a corrupt-system?
The court has imprisoned women for standing in solidarity with their friends in prison.
It has imprisoned brothers, sisters, and friends for demanding the freedom of those unjustly prisoned. Imprisoned for standing with posters and demanding a fair justice.
The court had sentenced someone to jail, who was 17 at the time, for two years. He was there for the two years without any official charges against him. Why was he arrested? For wearing a t-shirt that said "A nation without torture." He went in a boy, came out a young man.
Another black-comedy case was this same guy's older brother, who was charged during the Muslim Brotherhood time in presidency for attacking its headquarters, and after the ouster of Morsi, was charged by Sisi's regime for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. Logic totally screwed up.
Meanwhile, the court acquits all the oppressive regimes' murderers from any charges. It acquitted the 30-year dictator Mubarak and his two sons and his interior minister from any charges despite all the destruction and killings and lies and frauds they have committed.

The justice court - the supposedly highest most respected institution in the country - your actions do you no favour. They degrade you.
2016-04-02-1459620456-1175828-Unknown.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-04-02-1459620456-1175828-Unknown.jpg To the court system, how does this make you accountable? How can handcuffing anyone you don't like make you accountable? How am I, as a citizen, supposed to believe and frankly trust that if anything happens, you'll treat me fairly? Answer is, I don't believe you nor trust you. And I honestly cant see how anything else in the country can function properly, if the court system itself is corrupted.
To the judges who ruled against young people for having a different ideology than theirs, how do you expect this to end? Do you think that by sending people our age to prison, you'll be shutting us down? Well, here's the thing, it doesn't that way. With everyone that you sentence to prison, hundred more people support them. With everyone that you sentence to prison, some of your own supporters turn into your own worst enemies.
So again, how do you expect this to end? How do you expect to get away with the thousands of lives praying day and night for your termination?
What are your thoughts - if you have any - when those you've prisoned become free after they have served their unjust sentence? What do you think they're going to do? Their mind is filled with hatred, anger, and outrage toward your ill-mentality. They won't forget what you did. So what are you expecting?
If the, what I suppose should be the highest, most "respectable" institution in the country - the court system - is corrupted, then the minute all those oppressed get a chance, you'll be among the first institutions to go down. In both, life and after life.
The faces you've sentenced to death, the faces you've sentenced to life, and even those whom you've wasted a few years of their lives over nothing, I hope they haunt you down every second you close your eyes. Because that's how it should work.
There's always a carousel. It never stops. It never halts. And if you oppress now, your turn to be oppressed will come later.

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