Turkish, German presidents criticize Egypt death penalties
Apr 28, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Apr 28, 2014 12:00 am
ANKARA — Turkish President Abdullah Gül and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck on Monday strongly criticize the death penalty ruling for 683 people by an Egyptian court.
In a joint press conference, Gauck noted that the recent Egyptian court order is "not understandable" and "worrying" for EU countries.
"We cannot understand such a domineering judgement by a temporary government to a society in transition," Gauck said. "Especially in transition periods, a superior jurisdiction system should be established rather than taking revenge."
Gauck also urged European countries and Turkey together to use all their diplomatic means to call for "a more measured jurisdiction system" in Egypt.
"Such decisions are unacceptable in the 21st century. This harms Egypt's own future. However, Egypt needs peace and economic development," Gül also said.
An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 37 people from anti-coup groups to death and 491 others to life in prison while referring 683 others to the country's mufti for possible death sentences against them.