Middle East turmoil if Egypt’s Mursi executed: Turkish presidency

Pro-Islamist demonstrators hold a banner that reads ‘Coup leaders can’t trial Mursi’ during a protest in support former President Mohamed Mursi at the courtyard of Fatih mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, May 17, 2015. REUTERS/YAGIZ KARAHAN

Turkey’s presidential spokesman said on Monday the Middle East would be thrown into turmoil if Egypt carried out its death sentences on former president Mohamed Mursi and other senior Islamists.

An Egyptian court on Sunday sought the death penalty for Mursi and 106 supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood, in connection with a mass jail-break in 2011. A final ruling is expected on June 2.

Ibrahim Kalin told a news conference in Ankara the sentences were a “breach of justice” and called on the international community to speak out more strongly against them.

“The subject demands universal attention. The execution orders and carrying them out will push the Middle East into turmoil,” he said.

Turkey would work with the U.N. Human Rights Commission following the sentences, and take “all necessary steps”, he added.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is a vocal supporter of Mursi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, and relations with Egypt have soured since he was forced from power by the army in 2013…