Members of the Muslim Brotherhood are resorting to vigilante justice in Egypt’s power struggle. During clashes with opponents of President Mohammed Morsi last Wednesday night, the Islamists took prisoners and tortured them with beatings. Eyewitness reports suggest that the police tolerated the attacks.
The Islamists got hold of Mohammed Omar just as he was delivering bandages to a gas station where injured people were being treated. “You’re an enemy of God!” they yelled at him.
“There were five men. They beat me and dragged me away,” says Omar, a computer expert who lives in Cairo. His face is bruised and his eyes are swollen shut, and his wrists are cut from the plastic cuffs they put on him.
They took him to a sort of room consisting on one side of a gate to the presidential palace, with the other walls made up of steel barriers and police officers. Here members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups interrogated and mistreated their “prisoners.”
Mohammed Omar is one of many demonstrators who say they were held by Islamists last Wednesday, in some cases for more than 12 hours. Now, as witnesses are telling their stories of that night, a clear picture is emerging not just of the violence committed by members of the Brotherhood, but also their readiness to mete out arbitrary vigilante justice.
A white supremacist who attacked Asians as he walked along a Christchurch road has been jailed and told of the damage he has done to New Zealand.
The group Jared Levi Peck was with abused or attacked at least five Asians in Riccarton Rd on September 24 last year.
A Japanese man has now returned home and tells people they should be cautious about travelling to New Zealand.
A Chinese victim was attacked three-on-one and had his jaw broken.
“The actions of your group caused him to decide to leave New Zealand,” Christchurch District Court Judge David Holderness told Peck at his sentencing at the Rangiora Courthouse.
Peck stood in the dock with a shaved head and a skull tattoo on his neck as Judge Holderness imposed a jail term of two years and four months.
His mother ran from the courtroom in tears when she realised he was not going to be allowed home detention. She wanted him at home to help her while she is treated for cancer.
A 17-year-old co-offender, Michael Holmes, has already been sentenced in Auckland, where he was given six months home detention.
Judge Holderness said he regarded Holmes’ sentence as “extraordinarily lenient” and there was no proper basis to extend the same leniency to Peck, who was two years older, had a record of offending and had continued to offend.