World Bulletin / News Desk
The European Union has called on the Egyptian judiciary to provide elected president Mohammed Morsi and more than 100 of his supporters with "the right to a fair trial."
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement on Sunday: "The Egyptian judicial authorities have the responsibility to ensure, in line with international standards, defendants' rights to a fair trial and proper and independent investigations."
"As the EU, we are confident the sentence will be revised during the appeal process. Stability and rule of law should be guaranteed," Mogherini added.
In the US, a State Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.“We are deeply concerned by yet another mass death sentence handed down by an Egyptian court to more than 100 defendants, including former president Morsi,”
“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,” he said.
Cairo said it rejected all "inappropriate comments" on the country's court rulings, labeling them an unacceptable interference in Egypt's internal affairs.
Even though US lawmakers’ are corncered tthat Egypt is falling behind on democratic reforms, Egypt remains one of Washington’s closest security allies in the region. Relations took a downward turn after Morsi was overthrown by the military, but ties with Sisi have steadily improved.
In late March, Barack Obama lifted a hold on a supply of arms to Cairo, authorising deliveries of US weapons valued at more than $1.3bn.
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