A spokesperson for the Federal Foreign Office issued the following statement in Berlin today (17 June) in response to the verdict announced yesterday by the Cairo court trying leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood:
This confirmation of the death sentences handed down to a large number of members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is deeply worrying. The German Government is categorically opposed to the death penalty, as it is an inhumane form of punishment.
We expect the Egyptian justice system to uphold international standards and guarantee a fair procedure governed by the rule of law in these cases – the case against former President Mohammed Morsi among them. There must be no politically motivated sentencing.