Egypt: Turkey launches 'Free Morsi' petition

Pro-Erdogan media likens him to Gandhi, Luther King and Mandela

15 June, 19:33

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JUNE 15 - An online petition launched Sunday in Turkey calling for the release of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi had collected 2,500 by Monday, reported state-owned news agency Anadolu. The appeal is an attempt to draw attention to the death penalty handed down to Morsi, sentenced alongside 105 others for a mass prison break in 2011. Ahead of Tuesday's hearing, the petition - published in English, Arabic and Turkish at - compares the Muslim Brotherhood leader to ''Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Mandela'', who also ''fought for freedom, justice and humanity'', and demands that the ''president elected by Egyptians'' be released. On Monday, Turkish pro-government media gave a great deal of publicity to the campaign. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long supported the Muslim Brotherhood leader and clashed with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, while criticizing the West's silence. Following the sentence, Erdogan spoke of a ''return to ancient Egypt''. (ANSAmed).

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