The Muslim Brotherhood held President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government responsible for the assassination of Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat in a statement issued late on Monday.
The statement attributed ongoing turmoil in the country to the current government, which it said “set the scene for violence and turned Egypt away from a promising democratic experience towards mass execution, violence and bloodshed.”
Published in English and Arabic, the statement stressed, “Murder is reprehensible and unacceptable,” adding that the only way to stop bloodshed is to “defeat the military coup and empower the January 25, 2011 Revolution.”
The Muslim Brotherhood blamed the prosecutor general for contributing to the government’s crackdown by “facilitating executions, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture and slow deaths in prisons,” along with abductions and forced disappearances, which the statement said has created an oppressed sector of society.
The statement added that the assassination proves that the state and its security apparatuses face “peaceful unarmed protesters in the streets” and harass street vendors and the poor.
“We affirm that there is no way to end this violence except by achieving justice, toppling this illegitimate regime with its inhuman crimes against the homeland, and allowing Egypt to be free — to be ruled only by the free will of the people — and not be enslaved, subject to the wishes of the corrupt and the criminals,” the statement concluded.
Although the statement strongly rejected murder, it did not offer any condolences or explicitly condemn the assassination of Barakat, as other statements by the Muslim Brotherhood have done.
For example, in a statement following the killing of 29 soldiers in a series of armed attacks last January in North Sinai, the Muslim Brotherhood firmly condemned the violence and expressed its deepest condolences for the families of the victims and the Egyptian people, adding that all Egyptian blood is sacred.