Germany urges Egypt to guarantee impartial trial for Morsi

ANADOLU AGENCY
BERLIN
Published 17.06.2015 15:55

Germany's Foreign Ministry has criticized "inhumane" death sentences handed down to Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

The ministry on Wednesday urged the Egyptian judiciary to comply with international standards and guarantee an impartial trial.

"There should not be a political conviction," the ministry said.

On Tuesday, Morsi was sentenced on charges of espionage plus charges related a mass jailbreak incident in 2011 during demonstrations that removed the then Egyptian ruler, Hosni Mubarak. Apart from the death penalty, Morsi was also given a life sentence.

The Egyptian court had also sentenced five Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the group's head, Mohamed Badie, to death for participating in the jailbreak.

Ninety-four other co-defendants were also sentenced to the gallows, in absentia, on similar charges, including prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

Morsi was ousted by the military in a 2013 coup-after only one year in office-following protests against his presidency.

Since Morsi's removal, the Egyptian authorities have launched a crackdown on dissent that has largely targeted Morsi supporters, leaving hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.

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