The Post misrepresents Egypt
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo on June 2. (Associated Press)
The June 2 editorial âThe jailer running Egyptâ misrepresented Egyptâs legal and judicial system. It discounted the hard work being done by President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi and the rest of Egyptâs government to establish a nation that is governed by rule of law and provides the security our citizens demand in the face of extremist threats and after a period of significant instability and hardship.
The editorialâs claim that arrests in Egypt are part of an extralegal âcrackdownâ could not be further from the truth. Egyptâs 2014 Constitution guarantees freedom of expression and opinion. But, as in the United States, our laws also protect against pu blic incitement and other dangers. Egyptian law is blind regarding to whom these laws apply. And, as in the United States, our judicial system offers the accused a fair and thorough opportunity to defend themselves. Finally, as in the United States, it is irresponsible for observers to ignore details of individual cases and not to let those cases play out fully in the courts before reaching judgment on the rightness or wrongness of any arrest.
No democracy, old or young, can function without the rule of law. Our government is reestablishing both the rights and the order that serve our citizens in a region otherwise fraught with turmoil. The alternative â" the chaos and lawlessness that have consumed much of the Middle East â" would be far worse.
The writer is ambassador of the
Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States.