Hamdy Hassen, the spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc, caused an earthquake when he called on the Parliament Chairman, Fathey Soror, to take crucial measures against the Attorney General who announced the discontinuance of investigations on irregularities marred the referendum on the constitutional article 76.
In his memo, referred to the parliament chairman, the Brotherhood’s MP requested urgent procedures to halt the Attorney General’s violations and his constant attempts to protect illegally involved officials in crimes of torture and killing.
The Brotherhood’s legislative added that the AG’s decision to suspend probes on harassment against journalists and activists during peaceful demonstrations have enraged and resented the public. He added that pictures published on newspapers and on internet sites disclosed the identity of involved parties who were acting under the watchful eyes of the police. Meanwhile, there are a number of the AG’s decisions that assert his favor of the executive branch; namely, the Interior Ministry. This fact encourages the Interior officials to go on their violent, incriminated and hostile practices, unheeding to law or constitution and fearing no punishment or investigation.
The memo mentioned the field visit, paid by the Muslim Brotherhood’s MPs in the outgoing parliament, on the heels of the death of Akram Zohery, a provisionary detainee, to the prison. It was found that detainees were being subject to severe torture. They were driven from the prison to the headquarters of the State Security in Nasser City to be prone to all patterns of abuse.
The parliamentary delegation recorded these acts besides instances of injuries, psychological torture and electrical shocks. The AG’s reaction was to suspend the delegation on the assumption of interfering into procedures of investigations. He, moreover, promised to conduct inquiries into the arrested wounds. Yet, no findings were announced. If such violations take place in a democratic country, they may remove its cabinet or its ruling party.
The death of Muhammad el-Saqa, a student at Alex University, at the hands of police during a peaceful demonstration, is another incident cited in the memo. In spite of passing five years, no investigatory results have been come out. Besides, the probe into the death of Saad Qotb as a result of torturing in the headquarters of Giza State Security produced no outcome. More ironically is the concluding of investigation on the murderer of an artist, Zekra, which coincided with Qotb’s death, into few days.
The memo also cited the killing of Tareq el-Ganam, who died inside the chamber of the tear gas; however, no results have been found out. In fact, there are countless similar incidents. Nevertheless, the Attorney General intends to postpone decelerating the outcomes of these investigations till come under the surface.
The memo added that the parliament chairman has previously refused to put the AG under the surveillance of the parliament, under the pretext of being an independent power.
The memo explained that the deferment of crimes with political background breach the law since it hinders the punishment of violators. Thus, the state misses one of its important duties; to fulfill justice and respect law. It, in addition, gives the executive branch presidency over the judiciary; a matter that is unconformable with the rule of ’power separation.’
The MP emphatically rejected the AG’s decisions and tricks. It is unacceptable to adjure or suspend political cases while public lawsuits end by founding a psychopath or a madman guilty. He, furthermore, condemned the indefinite results of enquiries into torture practices and killings occur inside headquarters of the State Security.
In conclusion, the MP exhorted the parliament chairman, who is a member in Arab, regional and world parliaments and an expert in law, to answer his memo in writing.