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Egypt's judiciary: a willing participant in repression
Egypt's judiciary: a willing participant in repression

Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison without parole on charges related to the killing of 10 protesters. The verdict came five months after a court dropped charges against Morsi's predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, over the killing of hundreds of protesters who rose up against his 30-year reign in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. The contrast is instructive. Egypt's judiciary, touted as independent by government officials and their sycophants, has shed any remnant of neutrality. During the Mubarak era, judges displayed at least some degree of independence, forcing the regime to periodically resort to exceptional courts like...

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