GENEVA, June 23 United Nations human rights
chief Navi Pillay said on Monday that Egypt's death penalty
convictions and mass trials are "obscene and a complete travesty
In a statement, Pillay said that Egypt should release three
al-Jazeera reporters jailed for seven years earlier in the day
after being convicted of helping a "terrorist organisation", and
she accused Egypt of "crushing" the media.
Those verdicts and the death sentences confirmed on Saturday
for 183 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters are the latest
in a string of prosecutions "rife with procedural irregularities
and in breach of international human rights law", she said.
(Reporting by Tom Miles, editing by Stephanie Nebehay)