terça-feira, 24 de junho de 2014

Ban Ki-moon criticizes Egyptian justice decisions

Egyptian Justice condemned Monday three journalists from Al-Jazeera, the Qatari television channel, seven and ten years in prison, accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

On Saturday, confirmed the death sentence of 183 alleged supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

United Nations officials criticized the decisions of Egyptian justice.

"The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the recent decisions of the courts, particularly Egyptians for confirmation of the sentencing to death of 183 people and by the verdicts of long periods in prison applied to journalists, including Al-Jazira. It seems to be clear that these processes do not respect the basic principles of a fair trial. Particularly the death sentences can undermine the perspective of long-term stability, "said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Ban Ki-moon.

The Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, head of delegation of Al-Jazira, and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to seven years in prison, while the Egyptian Mohamed Baher was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences: one of seven and one of three.

The three professionals were detained for about six months.

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