In the new Egypt, there may be even less respect for justice, the rule of law and human rights as in the old Egypt.
On Tuesday, an Egyptian court issued a mass death sentence against 188 people accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, on charges that grew out of the killing of a handful of police officers during a riot last year.
There was no pretext of fairness or due process. As a defense lawyer told The Times’s David Kirkpatrick, there was no effort to prove that any individual personally killed any of the officers. More than 100 of the defendants were not even permitted to have lawyers and scores of defense witnesses were barred from the courtroom.
The verdict would have been reprehensible in any event. But it was especially striking just one day after another Egyptian court used a procedural technicality to dismiss murder charges against Hosni Mubarak. The former president, who ruled Egypt for 30 years before being overthrown in the 2011 Arab Spring protests, had been accused of overseeing the police shootings of hundreds of unarmed demonstrators during that unrest.