Egypt death sentences ‘defy logic’ - U.S. says

By Michael Hernandez, Monday, March 24, 2014

The sentencing of more than 500 people to death in Egypt ‘defies logic,’ the U.S. Department of State said on Monday

The sentencing of more than 500 people to death in Egypt ‘defies logic,’ the U.S. Department of State said on Monday

WASHINGTON D.C. – The sentencing of more than 500 people to death in Egypt ‘defies logic,’ the U.S. Department of State said on Monday.  

“It defies logic that over 529 defendants could be tried in a two-day period in accordance with international standards,” said Marie Harf, U.S. State Department deputy spokesperson while speaking to reporters.

Some 529 people, purportedly supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamad Morsi, were sentenced to death following an attack on a police station in which an Egyptian police officer was killed. The trial lasted only two sessions, and has sparked worldwide condemnation. 

“We are deeply concerned and, I would say, actually pretty shocked, by the sentencing to death of 529 Egyptians related to the death of one policeman," Harf said.

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