Egypt death penalties "obscene", wrong to jail Jazeera trio -UN

by Reuters
Monday, 23 June 2014 15:29 GMT

GENEVA, June 23 (Reuters) - United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Monday that Egypt's death penalty convictions and mass trials are "obscene and a complete travesty of justice".

In a statement, Pillay said that Egypt should release three al-Jazeera reporters jailed for seven years earlier in the day after being convicted of helping a "terrorist organisation", and she accused Egypt of "crushing" the media.

Those verdicts and the death sentences confirmed on Saturday for 183 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters are the latest in a string of prosecutions "rife with procedural irregularities and in breach of international human rights law", she said. (Reporting by Tom Miles, editing by Stephanie Nebehay)

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