UN chief concerned by death sentence for Egypt's Morsi

Reuters , Tuesday 16 Jun 2015

Ban Ki Moon
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Photo: Reuters)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is "deeply concerned" that deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and more than 90 other people were sentenced to death on Tuesday over a mass jail break during the country's 2011 uprising.

"The United Nations is against the use of the death penalty in all circumstances," Ban's press office said in a statement. "The Secretary-General is concerned that such verdicts, handed down after mass trials, may well have a negative impact on the prospects for long-term stability in Egypt."

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

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