Foreign Office plea on Egypt death sentences

A woman reacts after the sentences of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and his supporters were announced. Credit: Reuters\Mohamed Abd El Ghany

International confidence in Egypt's political future has been undermined by a court's decision to confirm death sentences for the Muslim Brotherhood's leader and 182 others, William Hague has said.

The Foreign Secretary urged the authorities to review the sentences which he claimed had damaged the reputation of Egypt's judicial system.

"The United Kingdom opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle." Mr Hague said.