"Outrage" at confirmation of 183 death sentences in Egypt

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The largest mass death sentence to be confirmed in Egypt in recent history has been condemned by a group of UN experts.

One hundred and eighty-three people were sentenced to death at the Criminal Court in Minya following riots in the city last year.

They were charged with a series of crimes ranging from public order offences to murder.

The UN human rights experts said the sentences were pronounced following what they described as "blatantly unfair trials."

The defendants had limited access to lawyers, and many were not present when their cases were heard in court.

The experts said the imposition of capital punishment for crimes that may not be punishable by death constitutes what they called "a staggering violation of international human rights law."

They reiterated their call to the Egyptian authorities to reform the legal system and bring it into compliance with international standards.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations

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