United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is “deeply concerned” that deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and more than 90 other people were sentenced to death on Tuesday over a mass jail break during the country’s 2011 uprising.

“The United Nations is against the use of the death penalty in all circumstances,” Ban’s press office said in a statement.

“The Secretary General is concerned that such verdicts, handed down after mass trials, may well have a negative impact on the prospects for long-term stability in Egypt.”

The sentences were part of a crackdown launched after an army toppled Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected civilian president, in 2013 following mass protests against him in his first year in office.


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