U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' Over Mursi Death Sentence

A State Department official said on Sunday the United States is "deeply concerned" about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohamed Mursi. The U.S. criticism follows condemnations from Amnesty International and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan after the court ruling on Saturday against the deposed president and 106 supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011. The state department official said, "We are deeply concerned by yet another mass death sentence handed down by an Egyptian court to more than 100 defendants, including former President Mursi,We have consistently spoken out against the practice of mass trials and sentences.'