Turkey urges Egypt to cancel mass death penalty

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Baku, Azerbaijan, April 28
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkey urges Egypt to cancel the mass death penalty, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on April 28, Anadolu agency reported.

"The Western countries, including the EU, must also contribute to the abolition of mass execution in Egypt," he added.

Today the Egyptian court sentenced 37 members of the Muslim Brotherhood organization to death.

Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the mass death sentence in Egypt is the gross violation of human rights.

The Egyptian court sentenced some 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement to death in March. They are accused of murder, attempted murder, assault on a police station and other crimes.

For its part, the European Union called this sentence unacceptable.

"Despite the serious nature of the crimes for which they were convicted, the death penalty can not be justified," EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said earlier.

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