Karachi- The Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International and former Federal Minister for human rights, Ansar Burney has expressed shock and strongly condemned the Egyptian court which gave a mass death sentence to 528 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi for their alleged role in a riot last July.
He said this is the largest number of death sentences handed down in a single case that he had ever seen. Ansar Burney said political revenge is not justice. It is shameful, cruel, inhuman, degrading and an attempt to wipe out political opposition.
Ansar Burney said that those convicted were tried in absentia, without any witnesses, without any review of evidence or a chance for the defense to read 3,000 pages of case documents etc. "What a shame and murder of Justice that even on the second day of trial, defense lawyers were blocked from the court," said Ansar Burney added.
International Ambassador for Peace and human rights, Ansar Burney said that Egypt's courts controlled by Government authorities were quick to punish Morsi supporters, but have ignored and failed to notice gross human rights violations by the Egyptian security forces in the country.
"If this astounding, cruel and unfair sentence is carried out, then there will be serious concerns by the human rights organizations including Ansar Burney Trust International about whether Egypt's criminal justice system has anything to do with justice," Ansar Burney further added.