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Egypt slams UN Human Rights Chief over death sentence comments

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Sep 2018
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo (File photo: Reuters)
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Egypt strongly denounced late Sunday critical comments made by United Nations Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet on death sentences that were handed to 75 defendants in the trial known as "Rabaa sit-in dispersal trial."

"This is a bad start for the UN human rights high commissioner," read a statement released by the Egyptian foreign ministry.

"Egypt rejects all what came in the statement, from direct and indirect allegations concerning the integrity of the Egyptian judiciary, and [her] being led by the lies of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group while ignoring its history of terrorism and killing innocent citizens and law enforcement members… during the events of the armed Rabaa sit-in dispersal." 

Among those sentenced to death on Saturday are former supreme guide of Brotherhood Mohamed Badie and its leading member Essam El-Erian. The court has also handed prison terms to 47 defendants.

All defendants can appeal the court verdict within two months.

In her statement, Bachelet urged Egypt's appeals court on Sunday to overturn the death sentences, describing the trial as "unfair."

"Egypt stresses the commitment of the judicial authority to the rule of law and to providing full guarantees for any defendant to practice the right to defend himself," the foreign ministry statement read.

The ministry also branded Bachelet's comments an unacceptable "insult" to the Egyptian judiciary and its members.

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