Turkish Deputy PM: Egypt death penalties shameful
Monday, April 28, 2014
ANKARA - Egyptian courts' ruling for death penalty to 683 people was criticized by Turkey's Deputy PM Bulent Arinc on Monday.
Arinc called the decision shameful not only on the Egyptian government but also the world powers who have remained silent on the decision. He stated that he hopes that the court will take all these death penalty decisions back and he urged the U.S and EU to stand against the decisions.
The Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 37 people from anti-coup groups to death on charges of committing acts of violence in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya last August after security forces violently dispersed two anti-coup sit-ins in Cairo and Giza, killing hundreds of protesters in the process.
491 others were sentenced to life in prison for acts of violence while 683 coup protesters including Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie were referred to the country's mufti for possible death sentences after the ruling found them guilty of attacking a local police station in Minya and endangering public peace, judicial sources said.
The verdicts came after the court had consulted the grand mufti, Egypt's top religious official, for a non-binding procedural review. However, the court rulings can be appealed, according to judicial sources.
The court set June 21 to issue its verdicts against the 683 defendants.
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