'Coup courts' blamed for Egyptian death penalites: NGOs
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
ISTANBUL - Turkish NGOs have called on the world to ‘stand up against injustice’ against Egyptian judges who earlier this week recommended mass death sentences and life imprisonment terms against more than a thousand people.
Accusing the court of violating the basic rules necessary for a fair trial, the Foundation of Volunteer Organizations of Turkey, an umbrella group consisting of 120 foundations and over 200 members, expressed their support for the Egyptian people.
Speaking in Istanbul on Wednesday, foundation executive board member Hamza Akbulut said the death sentences issued against Muslim Brotherhood supporters had not been taken by independent courts but by “coup courts”.
On Monday, a court in Upper Egypt's Minya province sentenced 37 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi to death and commuted 491 death penalties to life imprisonment.
The court also referred 683 other defendants, including Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohamed Badie, to Egypt's top religious official for possible death sentences against them on violence charges.
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