State Department briefing: Egypt sentencing 529 to death after 2 day trial and Malayasia Flight 370 – click to read
The imposition of the death penalty for 529 defendants after a two day summary proceeding cannot be reconciled with Egypt’s obligations under international human rights law, and an implementation of these sentences, as I said, would be unconscionable. We cannot, and should not, credibly entertain the prospect that a two day trial resulting in the sentencing of 529 people to death, could respect the fair trial safeguards guaranteed international law. We are making clear to the Egyptian government that these verdicts cannot be allowed to stand. [Note from me: Is Egypt going to listen oto us? Russia and Syria sure did not….]
…….We think it is important to maintain a relationship with Egypt, for a variety of security, economic, regional reasons. But at the same time, we will make clear when actions are taken that we do not agree with, and in turn, have the result of us changing our policies….
….. We are in touch with both the Malaysian government about their calculations and the British company about their images to see if we can independently confirm their data analysis through our own data analysis. So basically, we are going back and looking at how they got to what they got to and seeing if our folks, our math experts and folks, can get to the same place as well. That is what we are doing right now.