Foreign Office Opposes Death Sentence of Egyptian Former President Morsi
The Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa has criticised the death sentence issued to former Egyptian President Morsi by Egyptian authorities.
“The UK Government is deeply concerned by the sentencing to death of former President Morsi and over 100 others yesterday. We note that there are further stages in the legal process, and will continue to follow this case closely.
“We look to the Egyptian authorities to apply the rule of law consistently in line with international standards, and to protect the political and legal rights of all Egyptians as the basis for the country’s future stability.
“It is the long-standing policy of the UK Government to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle.”
The sentence has also been condemned by Amnesty International and Recep Erdo?an, the President of Turkey. A US State Department official has also supported Britain’s position, saying, “We have consistently spoken out against the practice of mass trials and sentences, which are conducted in a manner that is inconsistent with Egypt’s international obligations and the rule of law.”
Morsi and other members of his regime were convicted by an Egyptian court on counts of killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police stations, and breaking out of prison during previous riots.
Morsi himself has said he does not accept the court as legitimate and has claimed he is the victim of a ruthless vendetta pursued by his political rival, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who deposed him in a coup in 2013.
The death sentence will not be finalised until 2 June. It needs to be ratified by the top religious authority in the country, the Grand Mufi, and is subject to further legal appeals. However, due to the political stance of the Morsi government it is extremely likely the sentence will be carried out, unless a dramatic reversal occurs.