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German FM avoids calling Morsi-removal a 'coup', says Egypt should avoid selective justice

Last modified: 1 Aug 2013 12:40

Germany urged Egypt to avoid "the appearance of selective justice" on Thursday following the arrests of some senior leaders of deposed President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

Westerwelle was speaking to journalists alongside his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmy. 

"There is no justice of vengeance and no selective justice. There is law and it applies to everyone," he said.

Asked whether Germany viewed Mursi's removal as a military coup, he said: "These are first minutes of an historic hour ... You cannot judge a movement conclusively which is still in flow."