Ramsey Clark Barred from Attending Military Court Session Ikhwanweb  15/7/2007
military trial condemned
CAIRO: Former US attorney general Ramsey Clark yesterday condemned the military trials of members of Egypt’s opposition Muslim Brotherhood and called on President Hosni Mubarak to release them.
“The arrest and detention once again of the Muslim Brotherhood is an outrageous violation of fundamental human rights,” Clark, 79, told reporters at the Egyptian Bar Association a day after being barred from attending the trial.
“I’ve been in political trials on six continents.. . I have never been excluded from a court in any of these trials,” he said.
“What does the government of Egypt fear? What is it ashamed of doing that it can’t do in broad daylight as the law requires?”
Clark led a delegation of rights activists that included former Sunday Express British journalist turned Islamic activist Yvonne Ridley to Sunday’s session of the military trial of 40 leading Brotherhood activists.
Over the past 10 years, Mubarak’s government has repeatedly relied on military tribunals, which have a more consistent rate of conviction, to try Islamist organisations.
“I ask the government and President Mubarak to recognise the error of what they have done and to embrace these defendants as worthy Muslims and release them,” Clark said.