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The Muslim Brotherhood spread lies around the world saying that they aren't terrorists

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The Muslim Brotherhood are spreading lies through systematic campaigns that aim to turn global public opinion and human rights organisations against Egypt, Dar Al-Ifta – the state Islamic authority charged with issuing religious edicts – said in a Friday statement. Dar Al-Ifta’s statement is in response to an op-ed written by Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad and published by The New York Times 22 February under the title, “I am a member in the Muslim Brotherhood, not a terrorist.” “We are not terrorists. The Muslim Brotherhood’s philosophy is inspired by an understanding of Islam that emphasises the values of social justice, equality and the rule of law”, El-Haddad wrote.
In December 2013, the Egyptian government designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation as the government blamed the group for a number of deadly attacks on security forces in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist president Morsi in July of that year. In the last three years, many Brotherhood members have received various prison sentences on charges that range from breaking the protest law to incitement against the government and carrying out terrorist attacks.

Egypt: Regeni and many others

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The Eu Parliament has officially disapproved Giulio Regeni’s death in Egypt on March, 10. While Egyptian government has changed the idea and has called Italian investigators to be notified of local detective work.

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But this last openness is not enough. Since his death, Egyptian autorithies, as told by Giza Chief Prosecutor to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, have never collaborated with Italian government to solve the murder.

And Regeni’s case is one of many. For example, we need to remember the latest arrest of Amr Ali, April 6 Movement leader, guilty of propaganda against Al Sisi regime. Or why don’t remember Muslim Brotherood’s persecution, peaked with the sentence of death on former president Morsi?

What PhD Regeni was examing before his death concerned the lack of democratic debate since Al Sisi’s arrival. An arrival peaked with all oppositions persecution which also caused the terrorism on rise. Not only in Sinai, where Sinai Province (affiliated to Islamic States) is operative, but also in Cairo, where a bomb explosion injured three people on Wednesday.

While Western countries are fighting Islamic State in Syria, Iraq and Libya, Al Sisi has created a regime similar to Mubarak and Nasser ones. On the one hand, the Suez Canal enlargement or air raid in Lybia and Yemen within Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, a totalitarian regime just like Islamic State.

Since 2013, number are tragic (sourced by Human Right Watch)

– from July 2013 to 2014: about 40,000 arrested and sentenced;
– from July 2014 to now: at least 23,000 terrorism related arrests;
– from January to June 2015: 47 prisoners dead and 209 killed by health carelessness;
– from 2013 to now: at least 3,000 sentences of death, 465 tortured and 163 tortured during imprisonment.
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Regeni: Egyptian government hides the truth

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Giulio Regeni murder mystery is continuing. The admission from three sources of Egyptian intelligence, that the 28 year old was arrested for his impertinent behavior and, above all, because he was suspected of being a spy due to his relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Left Movement April 6, were denied today by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior which, on Mena news agency, repudiated “that Italian student was arrested before he was found dead on the outskirts of Cairo.”

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First of all, reliable data. The autopsy showed signs of torture on Regeni’s body, including seven broken ribs and signs of electrocution on genital area.

But, in the past 48 hours, it emerged a dichotomy between what is reported by international media as New York Times and Reuters and as Italian Corriere della Sera and Repubblica, and the Egyptian authorities interpretation. Beyond the denial, there is an ongoing attempt to deflect investigations.

Some witnesses, believed to be reliable at first, now clash with intelligence sources commentaries, separately and anonymously interviewed by New York Times, and with surveillance cameras which should have recorded the arrest on January 25.

As revealed by the three witnesses of the intelligence, Regeni’s growing interest about the Egyptian trade unions, opposed by President Al Sisi, would have persuaded local authorities to think that the Italian Ph.D was a spy.

According to Corriere della Sera, last December the University of Cambridge, near which was Regeni graduate student, would have asked him to step up research within trade unions and opposition movements. For this reason, the last weeks of his life should be marked by the attendance at meetings of such movements and the knowledge of trade union and Muslim Brotherhood members.

But what did really happen on January 25? Regeni’s Facebook chat denied that he was arrested by two policemen. Here, the Ph.D talks to his girlfriend and his professor after two hours compared with some witnesses report.

It’s evident that Regeni’s contacts have made the Egyptian intelligence suspicious before January 25, the day of his disappearance.
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