EU raises concern over mass executions in Egypt

By Yusuf Hatip

BRUSSELS (AA) – The European Union (EU) on Tuesday voiced concern for mass execution decisions in Egypt.

“There are serious doubts about the right of the defendants to a fair trial in connection with the execution of the death penalty for 75 members of the Muslim Brotherhood by the court in Egypt,” said EU Foreign Affairs and Security policy spokeswoman Maja Kojiancic in a statement.

“Moreover, the circumstances of these cases raise serious doubts on procedural compliance,” the statement said.

“We expect the Egyptian authorities to respect Egypt's Constitution and international obligations,” it added.

Egypt has been roiled by violence and turmoil since 2013, when Mohamed Morsi — Egypt’s first freely elected president and a Muslim Brotherhood leader — was ousted and imprisoned in a bloody military coup.

In the almost five years since Morsi's ouster, Egyptian authorities have waged a relentless crackdown on dissent, killing hundreds and throwing thousands, some say tens of thousands, behind bars.