Amnesty International said in a statement: “There have been horrifying mass death sentences since President al-Sisi came to power – some after grossly unfair trials – and thousands have been detained in an attempt to quash all opposition.
“Almost no-one’s escaped attention in al-Sisi’s crackdown, with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, peaceful protesters and journalists all now languishing in jail.”
However, there were “hundreds” of pro-Sisi supporters who credit him with restoring stability after the turbulence of the Arab Spring.
During the Arab Spring Hosni Mubarak was deposed after 29 years in power, and in 2012 parliamentary elections saw the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party make sweeping gains and leader Mohammed Morsi became president.
Upon election he revoked a decree limiting his powers and changed the military’s leadership, with Mr al-Sisi becoming chief of staff and defence minister.
Towards the end of 2012 Morsi issued a decree increasing his powers and drafted what many saw as an Islamist-leaning constitution.