World denounces death sentence against Morsi


NEW YORK: The United Nation and world nations have condemned the death sentences handed down to deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and more than 90 other people over a mass jail break during the 2011 popular uprising.

“The United Nations is against the use of the death penalty in all circumstances,” the press office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement on Tuesday.

It added, “The Secretary-General is concerned that such verdicts, handed down after mass trials, may well have a negative impact on the prospects for long-term stability in Egypt.”

The White House also criticized Egypt’s military-run government over sentencing Morsi to death, dismissing the decision as politically tainted.

“We are deeply troubled by the politically motivated sentences that have been handed down against former president Morsi and several others by an Egyptian court today,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

He added, “The United States has repeatedly raised concerns about the detention and sentencing of a variety of political figures in Egypt.”

“We are concerned that proceedings have been conducted in a way that is not only contrary to universal values but also damaging to stability that all Egyptians deserve,” Earnest stated.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry in a statement said Morsi was exposed to a decision, which is “arbitrary, far from international standards and unlawful.”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan also called Morsi death sentence a “massacre of law and basic rights.”

“We call on the international community to act to withdraw these death sentences, given under the instructions of the coup regime, and to put an end to this path which could seriously endanger the peace of Egyptian society,” Erdogan said in a statement.

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