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US 'deeply concerned' by Egypt's death sentences to Mursi supporters

Published on Mar 25, 2014 1:11 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States is "deeply concerned" about the death sentences handed out against 529 supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Mursi, a US official said on Monday.

An Egyptian court handed down the sentences earlier on Monday, amid a sweeping crackdown on supporters of the Islamist president, who was overthrown by the army last July.

"While appeals are possible, it simply does not seem possible that a fair review of evidence and testimony consistent with international standards could be accomplished with over 529 defendants after a two-day trial," a State Department official said.

The largest mass sentencing in the country's history was related to the death of a policeman and other violence in the aftermath of the clearing of two squares last August.

 
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