Turkey’s Erdogan calls Morsi verdict massacre of basic right

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls death verdict on ex-president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, massacre of basic human rights and urges international community for action

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

In reaction to the death sentence on toppled former president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi on Tuesday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it massacre of laws and human rights while calling on international community to take action.

Cairo’s Criminal Court has sentenced deposed president Mohamed Morsi to death for breaking out of jail in 2011 despite revising a previous death sentence for espionage to 25 years in prison.

The statement released by the Office of Presidency condemned the death sentences on 105 Egyptians that were tried along with Morsi and asked such practices that threaten the peace among Egyptian society to be terminated.

“Such rulings are massacres of law and the essential rights for people. This process in which Morsi was sentenced to life imprisonment over a different offence is a clear reflection of law being undermined by the coup administration that killed thousands of people and imprisoned tens of thousands of others over wrong accusations,” the statement said.  

Erdogan also called on the international community to reverse the death sentences ruled by the orders of the coup administration and to withdraw arbitrary decisions made compliance to the fair trial rights.

“Turkey wishes for democracy, common sense and laws to be pre-dominators and will continue to remain by the side of sister country, Egypt,” according to the statement.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu responded to the decision saying the rulings are a test for the West now.

“The Western countries are now in a test. Their response to the death rulings of such important leaders who had never used violence, is an interesting matter. We have always stood up against oppression and continue to do so,” Davutoglu said.

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also released a statement condemning the decision and asked the rulings on death sentence and life imprisonment to be “lifted promptly.”

It said the ruling on Morsi will not be able to establish the peace that is essential for Egypt while Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu himself called the decision “political.”

TRTWorld and agencies