Turkish rectors object to Egypt's death sentences

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A letter by rectors says the verdict cannot be reconciled with Egypt’s human rights obligations

A letter by rectors says the verdict cannot be reconciled with Egypt’s human rights obligations

ISTANBUL - Rectors of 43 Turkish universities sent a letter to Egypt's Grand Mufti demanding the reversal of an Egyptian court's decision to sentence hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members to death.

An Egyptian judge issued the capital punishment to 683 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters on Monday, including the group's supreme guide, Mohamed Badie, and confirmed the death sentences of 37 of the 528 alleged supporters previously condemned.

"Execution of the death sentences will create deep wounds in Egypt and the Islamic world and damage justice and the feeling of confidence,"  a release on the letter by Marmara University in Istanbul revealed.

The letter to Grand Mufti, Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam stated that the Muslim communities should protect its own future with its own free will, “We are a part of the Islamic world.  We are deeply saddened by the court decision taken on April 28 in Egypt to sentence the 683 people.”

The verdict cannot reconcile with Egypt’s human rights obligations, it said, urging the government to end the use of mass trials and forgive the ones who were sentenced to death.

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