White House 'deeply troubled' by Morsi sentencing

Reuters , Tuesday 16 Jun 2015

Josh Earnest
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2015 (Photo: AP)

The White House branded Egypt's sentencing of former president Mohamed Morsi as politically motivated Tuesday, in a sharp rebuke of its uneasy military ally.

"We are deeply troubled by the politically motivated sentences that have been handed down against former president Morsi and several others by an Egyptian court today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

A court earlier upheld the death penalty for Morsi's role in a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising and sentenced him to life in prison on spying charges.

"We are concerned that proceedings have been conducted in a way that is not only contrary to universal values but also damaging to stability that all Egyptians deserve."

*This Story was edited by Ahram Online

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