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US 'deeply concerned' by Egypt death sentences

AFP, Monday 24 Mar 2014
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The United States is "deeply concerned" about the death sentences handed out against 529 supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi, a US official said Monday.

"While appeals are possible, it simply does not seem possible that a fair review of evidence and testimony consistent with international standards could be accomplished with over 529 defendants after a two-day trial," a State Department official said.

An Egyptian court handed down the sentences earlier Monday, amid a sweeping crackdown on supporters of the Islamist president, who was overthrown by the army last July.

The largest mass sentencing in the country's history was related to the death of a policeman and other violence in the aftermath of the clearing of two squares last August.

"We continue to call on the Egyptian government to ensure that all those detained in Egypt are afforded fair proceedings that respect civil liberties and due process and are consistent with international standards. The law must be applied equitably and free of political bias," the State Department official said.

"We have said many times that even the appearance of politically-motivated arrests, detentions, and convictions will set Egypt's transition back," the official said.

The official, citing reports of violence in response to the sentences, warned that such a reaction would not help either.

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25-03-2014 07:30pm
Hypocrisy = US and EU
@Ayman you hit the jackpot. Those who benefit most are the former colonial masters who have now supplanted the hated colonialism and imperialism with Zionism. The Zionists have outstripped all other interest groups in the present struggle for Egypt the mother of the world. They use such a benevolent, philanthropic approach that it is quite difficult for their victims to see through their schemes. Zionism is even more dangerous than communism because it is made more acceptable and is thus more destructively effective. They begin by brainwashing their people feeding on weeknesses from Egypt (in this case a true mistake from the southern Egyptian judges) to proclaim to their people they are on the right justice path yet behind closed doors they are covertly arming/funding the MB to destroy the last standing tower of the middle east and Arab world. Without a doubt it's the new more sophisticated type of colonialism. - Key
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25-03-2014 11:50am
I seem to remember the very same US of A on its solo war on terrorism killing, catching and throwing thousands of people in Afghanistan and Iraq into jails in Iraq and even into a jail in Cuba where they were tortured every day! How many of those died in jail with not even one day of trial? HYPOCRISY. They still think they or their human rights circus have any leg to stand on when criticizing us?
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