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Op-Ed video: 'One day, Sisi will meet the fate he has bestowed on so many'

Sooner or later, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will have to answer for his crimes, says David Hearst, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye

Ten years ago this week, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi committed one of the worst atrocities of the 21st century when he ordered the killings of hundreds of civilians at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya square.

Men, women, and children - who had been peacefully protesting against a military coup that saw the ousting of Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi - were gunned down in broad daylight.

In the 10 years since 14 August 2013, no one has faced accountability while Sisi, who governs by brute force, continues to be warmly embraced by his allies in the West.

David Hearst, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye, said while the situation in Egypt was dire, Sisi couldn't escape the unavoidable.

"One day the dead of Rabaa will have their day in court. It could take a long time but war crimes in Rwanda, Cambodia, and the former Yugoslavia also took a long time," said Hearst.

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"Only then will the dead of Rabaa arise from their graves only then will Sisi meet the fate he has bestowed on so many innocent people. A fate he himself richly deserves."

David Hearst is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. He is a commentator and speaker on the region and analyst on Saudi Arabia. He was the Guardian's foreign leader writer, and was correspondent in Russia, Europe, and Belfast. He joined the Guardian from The Scotsman, where he was education correspondent.
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