Wednesday, June 17, 2015

UN Kicks Against Confirmation Of death On Morsi, 99 Others In Egypt

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Tuesday, said he was deeply concerned by the confirmation of death sentence on former Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi and 99 others.

The UN chief’s concern is contained in the UN official statement made available to newsmen in New York.

Ban said the UN was against the use of the death penalty in all circumstances.

The secretary-general urged the Egyptian government to ratify the second optional protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to impose a moratorium on the death penalty.

The UN boss also said he was concerned that such verdicts, handed down after mass trials, might have negative impact on prospects for long-term stability in Egypt.

He, therefore, underscored the importance of pluralism which included the guarantee that all voices were heard and represented in the matter.

He, however, pointed out that the sentences were subject to appeals, adding that the authorities must ensure the defendants benefitted from due process and fair trial. 


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