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US 'shocked' by Egypt death sentences

A relative of a supporter of Mohamed Morsi cries outside the courthouse on March 24, 2014 in the central Egyptian city of Minya, after the court ordered the execution of 529 Morsi supportersThe United States expressed shock Monday after an Egyptian court handed down death sentences against 529 supporters of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi after a two-day trial. “We are deeply concerned — and, I would say, actually pretty shocked — by the sentencing to death of 529 Egyptians related to the death of one policeman,” said Marie Harf, deputy US State Department spokeswoman. Harf questioned whether the defendants could have received a trial in accordance with international norms. “Obviously the defendants can appeal, but it simply does not seem possible that a fair review of evidence and testimony consistent with international standards could be accomplished with over 529 defendants in a two-day trial,” Harf said.

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