EU is uncomfortable with Morsi death sentence

European Union said Egyptian court's decision to uphold Morsi death sentence is in breach of Egypts obligations under international law

EU is uncomfortable with Morsi death sentence

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The European Union has said it expects Egyptian authorities to revise the death penalty handed down to Egypt’s first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement Tuesday that the death penalty represented “an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity”.

"These sentences and procedures are in breach of Egypt's obligations under international law," Mogherini said.

The 28-nation bloc reiterated its calls on the Egyptian authorities to uphold the right to a fair trial based on clear charges and proper and independent investigations.

Morsi was sentenced on charges of espionage and a mass jailbreak incident in 2011 during demonstrations that ousted then Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Apart from the death penalty, he 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.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Haziran 2015, 11:09