Former MPs tour Africa to talk Egypt 'crimes'

Al-Komi said the three-member delegation will on Tuesday fly to Mauritania and will later visit other East African countries, which he did not name.

Former MPs tour Africa to talk Egypt 'crimes'

World Bulletin/News Desk

A group of former lawmakers have embarked an African tour to discuss with officials and rights groups what they describe as "crimes" committed by the army-installed interim authorities and press for their prosecution.

"We have agreed with international human rights groups in Senegal on the importance of prosecuting Egypt's authorities before international and African courts for massacres perpetrated against the people," former MP Ezzedin al-Komi told Anadolu Agency by phone from the Senegalese capital Dakar.

He said the three-member delegation will on Tuesday fly to Mauritania and will later visit other East African countries, which he did not name.

According to al-Komi, the aim of their visits is to highlight what he described as "crimes" perpetrated by the interim authorities, including the killing of hundreds of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was ousted by the military last July following protests against his single-year rule, a move described by his supporters as a military coup against an elected leader.

"We discussed prosecuting the putschists before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and the International Criminal Court," said al-Komi, a former member of the now-defunct Shura Council, the upper house of Egypt's parliament.

"The discussions are going in the direction of filing an urgent complaint before the African Court," he added.

He went on to add that the delegation also discussed issuing international arrest warrants against interim government officials as well as submitting a complaint against Egypt's "politicized" judiciary before the International Association of Judges.

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is an African Union court with the jurisdiction of issuing binding resolutions against human rights violations committed in members states of the African Union, of which Egypt is a member.

Egypt's interim authorities have rebuffed foreign criticism against its heavy-handed tactics against recent protests by affirming they are battling "terror," citing a recent string of bombings - many of which deadly – against security sites.

Last December, the interim cabinet declared Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood a "terrorist organization," blaming it for a deadly bombing targeting the main security headquarters in the Nile Delta province of Daqahliya which left at least 16 dead and scores injured.

However, the Brotherhood has repeatedly denied involvement in the attack and even condemned it as "an act of terror."

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