Activist Sheehan Comes To Egypt, Calls For End To Military Trials
|Friday, February 15,2008 15:44|
|By Joseph Mayton|
American activist Cindy Sheehan was in Egypt on Wednesday to participate in a demonstration protesting the use of military trials against civilians. The famed activist called for Egypt"s first lady Suzanne Mubarak to support the eradication of military trials against members of the country"s Muslim Brotherhood.
Joined by dozens of wives and children of prominent Brotherhood leaders who have been detained for much of the past year awaiting military tribunal, Sheehan presented a letter to Mrs. Mubarak asking for the government to end these trials.
"I am here to protest the trial of civilians in front of a military tribunal as this is a violation to international law," Sheehan, who gained fame in the U.S. for her sit-in outside American President George W. Bush"s Texas ranch after her son was killed in Iraq, said at the demonstration.
"As a mother of a son who was killed in the war, I presented a letter to Ms. Suzanne Mubarak to realize how those women and children are suffering."
Cairo has been in an almost constant state of cracking down on the North African nation"s largest opposition group since Parliamentary elections in fall 2005 saw the Brotherhood gain nearly one quarter of the seats. According the Islamic group, over 3,000 members were detained in 2007.