Reconciliation with Brotherhood on the cards, says Sisi advisor

Reconciliation with Brotherhood on the cards, says Sisi advisor
2 min read
04 Aug, 2015
An advisor to the Egyptian President has said reconciliation with the banned Muslim Brotherhood will happen and that its leaders' death sentences could be revoked.
Ghoneim is a member of the advisory council of Egypt's scientists and experts [YouTube]
Hostilities between the Egyptian government and the Muslim Brotherhood will cease in the foreseeable future, an advisor to President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi has said.

A member of Sisi’s scientific advisory council Dr. Mohammad Ghoneim said he believes a compromise could be reached between the two sides and the death penalties handed down to the Brotherhood’s leaders could possibly be annulled.

“National reconciliation will happen at some point, but the Brotherhood will first have to stop resorting to violence and apologize to the Egyptian people for the crimes they have committed,” said the world-renowned kidney surgeon.

“In my personal opinion, I think in the end it's possible presidential pardons will be issued that commute the [Brotherhood leader’s] death penalties to life sentences,” he added last week in an interview with Youm7.

Ghoneim also said he believed that the blacklisted Brotherhood will have to choose between political or religious work and not pursue both simultaneously.

He added that international efforts to prevent the execution of Brotherhood leaders sentenced to death have merely been to exert “political pressure” and have not “been based on fears for any individual”.

Since former Islamist president Mohammad Morsi was ousted in a military coup led by Sisi, Morsi's former defence minister, Egyptian authorities have led a harsh crack down on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Hundreds of people, including Morsi, have been sentenced to death in speedy mass trials described by the UN as "unprecedented in recent history".

At least 1,400 people, mostly Brotherhood supporters, have been killed and much of the Brotherhood's leadership has been arrested since Morsi's overthrow in 2013.