Brussels  - The European Union (EU) has denounced the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru by the Indian government. EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton in a statement reiterated the bloc’s firm opposition to the death penalty irrespective of the seriousness of the crimes committed by the convicted prisoners.

She said “While recognising that terrible murders were committed at the heart of this case and aware of the suffering of the victims and their families, the EU reiterates its principled opposition to the death penalty under all circumstances.”