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Revolutionary JusticeSpecial Courts and the Formation of Republican Egypt$
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Yoram Meital

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190600839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600839.001.0001

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The Trial of the Murshid

The Trial of the Murshid

(p.176) 8 The Trial of the Murshid
Revolutionary Justice

Yoram Meital

Oxford University Press

Drawing on the transcripts of Hasan al-Hudaybi’s trial, this chapter examines legal aspects, including the professional criticism raised by the accused, a highly experienced judge, and his counselor, regarding the functioning of the special court. Both the defendant and his attorney revealed legal flaws in the indictment and the statements of the prosecution. Thus, the special court actually became a platform for the presentation of arguments and positions that the regime sought to exclude from the public discourse. In addition, this chapter compares the rhetoric produced by the prosecution and the judges with the media coverage of the trial. Embracing the narrative of the State Attorney General and the judges, the local media’s perspective, was that the eight shots fired by ‛Abd al-Latif at ‛Abd al-Nasser embodied the MB leadership’s radical interpretation of the Quran, particularly the concept of jihad.

Keywords:   Trial of Hasan Hudaybi, General Guide (MB), Egyptian Penal Code, attorney Sami Mazen, courts and cconstructing categories, deviation (khuruj) from Islam, Egyptian media and special courts

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