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    White House, UN 'Troubled' by Death Verdicts in Egypt

    An Egyptian woman mourns after a judge sentenced to death 683 alleged supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president over acts of violence and the murder of policemen in the latest mass trial in the southern city of Minya, Egypt, April 28, 2014.
    An Egyptian woman mourns after a judge sentenced to death 683 alleged supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president over acts of violence and the murder of policemen in the latest mass trial in the southern city of Minya, Egypt, April 28, 2014.

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    The United States is "deeply troubled" by an Egypt court's death sentence for the
    leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and hundreds of supporters, the White House said on Monday, condemning the country's use of mass
    trials.

    "Today's verdict, like the one last month, defies even the most basic standards of international justice. The Egyptian government has the responsibility to ensure that every citizen is afforded due process, including the right to a fair trial in which evidence is clearly presented, and access to an attorney," the White House said in a statement.

    "We urge the Egyptian government to end the use of mass trials, reverse this and previous mass sentences, and ensure that every citizen is afforded due process."

    Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed alarm over reports an Egyptian court issued death sentences to supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

    In a statement Monday, Ban said "verdicts that clearly appear not to meet basic fair trial standards, particularly those which impose the death penalty, are likely to undermine prospects for long-term stability.''

    The United States said it was "deeply troubled" by the verdict.  White House officials said it "defies even the most basic standards of international justice".

    The case is linked to deadly riots that erupted in Minya and elsewhere in Egypt after security forces violently disbanded protests held by Brotherhood supporters last August.

    The Brotherhood said in a statement that it would continue all peaceful means to end military rule in the country.

    Last month, the same court sentenced 529 defendants to death on the same charges in a trial that lasted only two days, drawing international criticism over whether the proceedings were fair.

    Egypt's interim authorities have cracked down on the Brotherhood, labeling it a terrorist group and arresting many of its leaders.  

    Also Monday, judicial officials say a court has banned a pro-democracy movement that helped ignite the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.  

    The court ruled the April 6 youth movement damaged the image of the country.

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    by: Michael from: Nigeria
    April 29, 2014 10:46 AM
    The people that are sentence by this trial are criminal of law and should be sentenced because they have induced crime and terriozed(spelled wrong) others

    by: Godwin from: `Nigeria
    April 29, 2014 7:25 AM
    I overheard Christine Amanpour of CNN refer to the judgment to send 683 violent criminals of the Muslim Brotherhood posing as activists to the hangman's gallows as 'human rights facing the gallows'. If in the name of human rights a person who has rights to life is killed, what is it called? I refuse to agree that these 683 persons were human rights activists. They were violent criminals that do not deserve mercy, because they do not recognize the right of others to live. For a true human rights activist the motto is 'live and let live'.

    by: Nagwa
    April 28, 2014 11:34 PM
    I wish that was true. These terrorists sure deserve it. However, before anyone comments, you need to know the facts and don't speak. Only about 100+ from this 500+ are present and only less than 8 got the capital punishment. The rest are fugitives. These still have the right to appeal.

    by: khaled from: Egypt
    April 28, 2014 8:01 PM
    pls try to confirm before you spread wrong news, previously you said that the judge sentenced more than 500 MB members to death penalty and after a while they turned to be 38 only 8 of them are available and all others are escaped and by law the trial has to be repeated totally after the police cathch them.
    now you are repeating the same mistake, sending papers of criminals to (Mofty) who is high religious position doesn't mean they are sentenced to death and how can more than 600 are sentenced to death and only 90of them are available in the court and all the others are escaped. as well only 25 of the names sentenced are members of MB.
    before criticizing the judge come and live in egypt just for 2 days to see what are the MB are doing for us and i will pay the tickets for you.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    April 28, 2014 7:14 PM
    HASHTAG DIPLOMACY? -- The US (fears) upsetting the Egyptian coup leaders, who stand by the Israel and Egyptian treaties, and support the US in the battle against those who the US considers anti-US Islamic extremists....
    "Deeply troubled" is the US (Hashtag diplomatic) response, to the execution sentences of over a thousand Muslim Brotherhood members, who the US consider extremists?

    by: ali bab from: new york
    April 28, 2014 4:24 PM
    they convicted in Egyptian court. they have the right to defend themselves. they commit a crime and they deserve the punishment of their crime

    by: Jago from: usa
    April 28, 2014 3:02 PM
    USA is double standards. This crimunal organization is growing the US's backyard and now we seek to defend them?!! How abiut sentencing more crooked lawyers and politicians??

    by: Rose from: Canada
    April 28, 2014 2:57 PM
    But.....but......these are the guys with the military coup that the US supports. How can they be doing bad things?

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