CAIRO: The senior leader of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood said yesterday that the mass death sentences against him and other members will cause the government’s downfall.
“This ruling is the last nail in the coffin of the ruling powers that led the coup,” said Brotherhood general guide Mohamed Badie, who was condemned to death along with 682 supporters on Monday. “The regime is on the brink of collapse.”
The mass death sentences, which right groups say are the largest worldwide in recent history, have raised new questions about Egypt’s commitment to democracy three years after a popular uprising toppled autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.
The United Nations’ top human rights official added to an avalanche of criticism of the sentences, which the United States has called “unconscionable”.