Mohammed Morsi

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Treasury), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the government of Egypt on the death sentence passed on the former President Mohammad Morsi.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

I issued a statement on 17 May setting out the Government's deep concern at the sentencing to death of former President Morsi and over 100 others. I also raised concerns with the Egyptian Ambassador on that day. Senior officials have discussed this case with representatives of the Egyptian government. We have been clear that the Egyptian authorities must apply the rule of law consistently in line with international standards, and protect the political and legal rights of all Egyptians as the basis for the country’s future stability. It is the long-standing policy of the Government to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle. We note that there are further stages in the legal process, and will continue to follow this case closely and remain in contact with the Egyptian authorities.

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