A 23 June 2021 webinar held by the Cordoba Foundation and titled “Sham Trials and Mass Executions in Egypt — A Mockery of Justice” brought together a British Conservative Party MP and several former Egyptian government officials who served under the late Egyptian President Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood administration. According to a Facebook post, the event was addressed by Crispin Blunt MP, former Vice-Chair of the Conservative Middle East Council and former Chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee. On the day of the conference, Blunt published a letter addressed to the British Minister of State for the Middle East and Africa, criticizing what he called Britain’s “lamentable” reaction to mass trials and executions of political prisoners in Egypt. In the letter, Crispin said that in 2013, he had been the only European politician to visit the Muslim Brotherhood’s sit-in protest camp in Cairo’s Rabia Square, criticizing the lack of political action against alleged human rights abuses committed by Egyptian security forces.
The online event, moderated by Anas Altikriti, a leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in the United Kingdom and CEO of the Cordoba Foundation, also featured contributions by several other individuals, all of whom have ties to the GMB:
- Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director of DAWN, a US think-tank whose board of directors includes numerous individuals tied to the GMB.
- Amr Darrag, a leading Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood figure and former Egyptian Planning Minister in the Morsi administration.
- Yehia Hamed, former Egyptian Investment Minister in the Morsi administration and co-founder of the Foreign Relations Committee of President Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party.
- Maha Azzam, Head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council, a Turkey-based Egyptian opposition group closely affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
In October 2016, the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW) reported that Crispin Blunt, then chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, had defended his decision to share a stage with the leader of a pro-Hamas organization who also supports the leader of the Israeli Muslim Brotherhood, an individual convicted in Israel for invoking a blood libel against European Jews.
Earlier this week, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that a virtual conference organized by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan had brought together Anas Al-Tikriti, former high-level politicians, a Western academic, and the Chief Advisor to the Turkish President.