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Obama tells Sisi of US concern over Egypt mass trials

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on November 26, 2014, in ParisUS President Barack Obama spoke to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday and expressed concern over mass trials and the continued detention of journalists and peaceful activists. “President Obama also expressed concern about mass trials, the status of NGOs, and the continued imprisonment of journalists and peaceful activists in Egypt,” the statement said. In early December, an Egyptian court sentenced 188 people to death for the murder of 13 police officers — the latest in a series of mass trials launched by authorities amid a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

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