U.N. says Egyptian death sentences contravene international law

by Reuters
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:48 GMT

GENEVA, March 25 (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday an Egyptian court's decision to sentence 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death contravened international law, and voiced concern for others facing the same charges.

Rights campaigners and lawyers described Monday's ruling as the biggest mass death penalty handed out in Egypt's modern history. The Muslim Brotherhood's leader and 682 others went on trial on Tuesday in the same court.

"The mass imposition of the death penalty after a trial rife with procedural irregularities is in breach of international human rights law," U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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