The news conference hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday came to an abrupt end after security was called in to remove a female reporter who addressed al-Sisi yelling “He’s a murderer!”
There were also cries of “down with the military rule” from the press pack, while reporters from Egypt yelled “long live Egypt!” before the two leaders were hurriedly whisked from the room.
Before the upset, Merkel had pledged closer economic ties with Egypt, saying the country was a key strategic partner in the Middle East and in the fight against Islamist extremism.
“Egypt is one of the central countries in a region marked by unrest and instability,” the chancellor said, adding that closer business links would help bring “stability through economic development.”
Al-Sisi, Egypt’s former army chief, led the coup that ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013. He was subsequently elected by a landslide and has waged a brutal crackdown against Morsi’s supporters ever since. Hundreds have been killed or jailed, while dozens, including Morsi, have been sentenced to death in a series of mass trials.