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MLA has evidence of war crimes by Egyptian president

The MLA says it has laid a complaint against al-Sisi and his officials in terms of the Rome Statute.

FILE: A handout picture shows Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) bidding farewell to Saudi Arabia's Deputy Prime Minister Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) said it has overwhelming evidence against the Egyptian president and other officials responsible for the alleged massacre of protestors in Egypt last year.

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be in South Africa next week to attend the African Union Summit.

The MLA said it has laid a complaint against al-Sisi and the officials in terms of the Rome Statute.

Dubbed the "Egyptian docket", it calls for the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions and other authorities to investigate the Egyptian president and officials and bring them to trial for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and gross human rights violations.

The association's Yousha Tayob said there is overwhelming evidence regarding this to support their claims.

"If our authorities will just take the time with regard to what we've presented, they can reach the conclusion that we say war crimes have been committed and these are the perpetrators and they need to be arrested and prosecuted."

The MLA said the political relationship between South Africa and Egypt should have no bearing on upholding the law.

"We must do the right thing. We come from a rich history."

He said the implementation of the AU Charter also allows for alleged perpetrators of human rights crimes to be prosecuted.

"We have referred this complaint to the African Union and are awaiting the outcome of that referral."

Tayob said they have overwhelming evidence supporting their claims and hope that politics doesn't interfere with the law.

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