May 18, 2015 / 5:14 PM / in 3 years

U.N. chief deeply concerned at death sentence bid for Egypt's Mursi

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern on Monday at an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohamed Mursi, a spokesman for the United Nations said.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gestures during a news conference as he attends a meeting about climate change and sustainable development at the Vatican April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

“The secretary-general notes with serious concern the sentence of death issued by the Egyptian Criminal Court against former President Mohamed Mursi and 105 others,” U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.

The ruling against Mursi is not final until June 2. All capital sentences are referred to Egypt’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a non-binding opinion, and are also subject to legal appeal.

“(Ban) understands that the verdict is still subject to an appeal. He will continue to monitor the process very closely,” he said, adding that he “underscores the importance of all parties taking steps to promote - and avoiding those that could further undermine - peace, stability and the rule of law.”

Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Bernard Orr

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