Mass Death Sentences in Egypt Worrying: Iran’s FM Spokeswoman

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Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman expressed concern over the mass death sentences handed down to the members of Muslim Brotherhood party by Egyptian courts.

Marziyeh Afkham on Sunday described the move as worrying, and said it runs counter to Egypt’s ancient civilization and culture, which historically fostered tolerance.

She further said the achievements of Egypt’s revolution belong to all Egyptians, and called for national unity based on political resolve and moving towards the establishment of democracy in the North African country.

An Egyptian court on Saturday upheld the death sentences issued for 183 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the movement’s spiritual leader, Mohamed Badie.

The sentence was delivered by a military-installed court in the town of Minya, south of Cairo.

A judge had recommended the death penalty for the 683 defendants, in a widely-censured mass trial back in April.

The military-installed interim government sentenced hundreds of its opponents since December 2013 following the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Mursi, by the army under the command of now President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi back in July 2013.

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