Egypt rejects statement by UN Secretary-General Spokesperson
Thursday، 21 April 2016 - 02:38 PM
In Response to the statement issued by the Spokesperson for the Secretary General of the United Nations on 19 April, 2016, regarding case number 173 (commonly referred to as the case of foreign funding of civil society organizations), in which a decision is expected to be issued today Wednesday 20 April concerning some of the organizations involved, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid expressed Egypt’s rejection of any statements or remarks that aim to interfere in the work of the Egyptian judiciary, particularly when such statements are released hours prior to the date of a court session. The Spokesperson described such statements as attempts to intimidate the Egyptian judiciary and influence its work, which does not fall within the mandate or responsibilities of the entity from which they are issued, and does not conform to its consistent claims of respecting the rule of law and judicial independence.
Regarding the Foreign Ministry’s comments on the content of the statement issued by the Spokesperson for Ban Ki-Moon, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson stated that there is nothing new that warrants a comment in the statement, as it highlights elements that the Egyptian government does in fact adhere to, in accordance with the Egyptian constitution. He noted, however, that it is unacceptable for the statement to contain insinuations that the defendants will not be able to benefit from all due process and fair trial standards.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs