Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi sits behind glass in a courtroom, in a converted lecture hall in the national police academy in an eastern Cairo (Photo: AP)
Egypt's justice ministry strongly rejected comments made by foreign governments that criticised the court decision to sentence ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and 105 other defendants to death, a statement released by the ministry read on Tuesday.
"The ministry stresses that comments by foreign countries concerning the judiciary decision has violated all international conventions which respect sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of another country," the statement read.
Among the foreign countries and bodies that have condemned the court ruling were the U.S., the United Nations, the European Union and Turkey.
"While all Egyptian institutions were committed to not commenting on the court ruling, the ministry believes that it has to face the attack on the Egyptian judiciary by announcing its total independence and that it bides by all international judicial standards," the statement highlighted.
Tuesday's statement also said that the court's ruling on Saturday was preliminary and that it will be referred to the Grand Mufti for review, followed by a final hearing on 2 June.
The statement highlighted that final court verdict can still be appealed if the defense team wishes.