Egyptian ex-president Mohamed Mursi went on trial last week for inciting murder and violence, giving Hamas confidential security information, and insulting judges. Any normal man faces such serious allegations would tremble at the hearing yet Mursi refuses to take the trial seriously. On top of that he claims he is still the country’s leader, despite the fact that he is currently in custody. So what does this type of attitude mean and what effects will convicting Mursi have on Egypt?
If a judicial system is to be taken seriously it must be able to show that justice is blind and no one can escape judgment for his or her wrongs. When you are dealt with a situation where you have a major leader on trial, one who still has a serious backing, you must approach the situation very delicately. If Mursi is found guilty of one or all of the charges he is facing, it may cause a riot from his supporters however, if he is allowed to skate free you must deal with those who opposed he’s leadership. Since the majority of the Egyptian population wants Mursi to be held accountable for his crimes then that is what must be done. The international world must not interfere no matter the outcome and that is a crucial point. It is very rare that a country wants outsiders to come in and tell them how to live their lives or who should make the rules they must follow. Mursi must be shown that the population he once rules has decided they do not like how he did things and that they want justice for the wrongs he committed while he was their leader. Egypt is in a very fragile state and every action they take and every action the international world takes must be very well thought out. If the wrong move is made it can easily lead Egypt to a downward spiral but if the better choices are made; choices that provide for just leadership for the people then Egypt has the capability and rich culture to become one of the most prosperous countries in the Middle East. Do you think this is a situation where the other countries should get involved?