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.