25 May, 2015

Morsi’s former aide undaunted by death sentence

Morsi's former aide undaunted by death sentence

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Sondos Asem

Sondos Asem

A former foreign press secretary to ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has said that she was undaunted by the death sentence imposed on her last week. Writing in the Washington PostSondos Asemsaid she received with total disbelief the news of her sentencing.

Now a graduate student at University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government, Asem described the case brought against her as false and political. Along with over 100 other defendants, including Morsi, she was charged with espionage and sentenced to death in absentia.

"Though I was sentenced in the so-called Grand Espionage case, the Egyptian regime seeks to end my life for no reason other than who I am: an educated, politically active and independent woman with mainstream Islamic views," she said.

Despite being deeply saddened by separation from her parents, relatives and friends, Asem asserted that the unjust verdict will not break her will and resolve to defend the principles of the Egyptian revolution.

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