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The government of Canada, on the day that one of its citizens was sentenced to a long prison term in Egypt for the crime of committing journalism, was moved to note that Egyptians are, after all, “progressing toward democracy.” And, added our prime minister’s parliamentary secretary, “We don’t want to insult them.” Because, you know, that would just be rude.
Instead, the government in Ottawa, which runs around the world, chin out and elbows up, lecturing other governments about respecting human rights and democratic self-determination, prefers soft-spoken diplomacy toward the regime in Cairo, which has: Attacked and toppled the country’s first democratically elected government. Crushed, imprisoned, tortured and slaughtered members and supporters of that government. Criminalized criticism of its rule and stamped out what little press freedom Egyptians enjoyed. Installed a general as president in a rigged election without real opponents.
Sisi said Egypt's authorities would respect the independence of the judiciary. "We will not interfere in judicial rulings," Sisi said in a televised speech on Tuesday at a military graduation ceremony. "We must respect judicial rulings and not criticise them even if others do not understand this."