In letters to the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union (AU), Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) have written that the sentencing by the Cairo Criminal Court amounted to a “miscarriage of justice” and “violated” the international standards of a fair trial.
“The mass trials and extraordinary harsh and disproportionate sentences that have been taking place since 2013 are clearly designed to suppress civilian opposition to the military-backed government,” the letter added.
The letter was in response to the Egyptian courts court’s sentencing to death 75 people, including top Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
The political wing of Muslim Brotherhood has urged the international community to take “urgent measures” to halt their execution and investigate the “improper” mass trial.
Since then further death sentences have been given to a large number of people in Egypt who were involved in protests after the military overthrew the democratically elected government.
On Saturday 8 September , the court in the Egyptian capital sentenced more than 700 people, including hundreds of members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, for inciting violence and organising protests against the military coup that overthrew the government of Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013.
Amnesty International called the mass trials a “disgrace”, while the UN human rights office asked Egypt to overturn the death sentences.
Since the 2013 coup, a police crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, which maintains that it is a peaceful organisation, has left hundreds dead and tens of thousands in jail, many under draconian anti-protest laws.