Foreign Minister concerned about death sentences in Egypt

Published under: Solberg's Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

'It is unacceptable that more than 100 people, including former President Morsi, have been condemned to death in a summary trial. Norway has made it clear that we oppose the practice of holding mass trials that fail to comply with Egypt's international obligations,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

On Saturday, former President Morsi and more than 100 other people were condemned to death for having planned attacks on the police and a mass prison break in connection with the demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak in 2011. They are now waiting for the final judgment, a possible appeal process and the consideration of the Grand Mufti.

'I expect all those accused to be given the opportunity of a fair appeal hearing, and the question of guilt to be decided on an individual basis.

'The Egyptian authorities are responsible for ensuring the independence of the courts, and the courts must safeguard the right of the accused to a fair trial in accordance with international standards,' said Mr Brende.

Norway is opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances. The right to life and respect for human dignity and inviolability are the underlying principles on which all other human rights and the fundamental principles of the rule of law are based. The use of the death penalty is a violation of these principles, and is in itself inhumane.