UN Chief warns Egyptian FM about mass execution of MB supporters

NEW YORK (CIHAN)- United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met yesterday (1 May) with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy at UN headquarters – among the topics of discussion– the decision handed down by a panel of judges for the mass execution of 683 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ban has voiced alarmed at the news, the legal decision follows the 24 March conviction of 529 defendants on various charges, including membership of an unlawful organization (the Muslim Brotherhood), incitement to violence, vandalism, unlawful gathering and the killing of one police officer. All the charges relate to events in August 2013 after the Government of President Mohamed Morsi was ousted.

The Secretary-General is also conscious of the regional and security implications of such sentences, and stressed that stability in Egypt is essential for the overall stability of the entire North Africa and Middle East region.

Stressing respect for the independence of the judiciary, Mr. Ban and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay had expressed concerns before and after the law regulating protests was promulgated. They warned that it could lead to serious breaches of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.

SOURCE: CIHAN

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