Turkish PM slams Egypt for MB death penalties
Monday, March 24, 2014
ANKARA - Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Egypt for sentencing 529 Muslim Brotherhood to death penalties and criticized the West for being silent over the penalties.
Following his rallies in the northern Turkish cities of Trabzon and Ordu ahead of local elections this weekend, Erdogan addressed crowds of people in the capital, Ankara, on Monday saying, "Those who call us 'dictator' should look at Egypt."
"They have sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to the death penalty. The death penalty does not comply with EU human rights laws and rules - then why is Europe so silent against the decision?"
Touching on the Turkish government's temporary ban on Twitter, Erdogan said that the court had asked Twitter to cooperate with it to prevent violations of personal rights, but it had been reluctant to obey Turkish laws.
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