Egypt is facing international criticism after it upheld the death sentence against deposed President Mohamed Morsi, with the US, its military ally, calling it “deeply troubling” and “politically motivated”.
The UN chief also expressed concern, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the verdicts against Morsi and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood as “a massacre of law and basic rights”.
The statements came after a Cairo court on Tuesday upheld the death sentences issued for the alleged plotting of jailbreaks and attacks on police during the 2011 revolution.
The general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and four other Brotherhood leaders were also handed the death penalty. More than 90 others were sentenced to death in absentia.
“The United Nations is against the use of the death penalty in all circumstances,” the press office of UN chief Ban Ki-moon said.
“The secretary-general is concerned that such verdicts, handed down after mass trials, may well have a negative impact on the prospects for long-term stability in Egypt”.