Obama accused of crimes against humanity in international court

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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President Obama has been accused of crimes against humanity in a new complaint submitted to the International Criminal Court, based in the Hague.

Obama’s support for Egypt’s recently deposed Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated governing party forms the basis of the complaint filed against him by a group of Egyptian lawyers.

“Obama cooperated, incited, and assisted the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of crimes against humanity in the period from 3/7/2013-8/18/2013, in the Arab Republic of Egypt,” according to the complaint, which was reported on by Egypt’s El Watan newspaper.

Deposed Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi is on trial in Cairo for alleged incitement to violence and murder. After a tense opening day in court this past Monday, the trial has been adjourned until January. Morsi was removed in a July 3 military coup.

To his credit, Morsi has pulled the classic move of not retaining defense counsel because he doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of the court — which is totally what we would do if we ever got tried in one of these things.

“I want a microphone, so I can say something to you! This is not a court, with all due respect to the members, this is not a court that can try the President of the republic! To try a President, this is a military coup! I am a representative of the state!” Morsi shouted in court Monday, claiming that he was being held against his will.

“The coup is a treason and a crime! The coup is treason and a crime!,” Morsi said.

“Above and beyond the accusations of crimes against humanity that the lawyer-drafted complaint cited by El Watan levels against the Brotherhood, one need only look to the fate of Egypt’s Christian minority, who were especially targeted by the Muslim Brotherhood—and thus, by extension, their supporter, Obama—to see numerous examples of nearly every aforementioned definition of crimes against humanity,” wrote Egyptian-American writer Raymond Ibrahim.

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