I understand that 1541 death sentences have been issued between July 3rd 2013 and May 31st 2015. Of these, 570 have been confirmed with the approval of the Grand Mufti, and they are under appeal at the Court of Cassation. This court, however, cannot consider the merits of cases but only matters of interpretation of law and procedure. If the appeal fails, President Sisi may exercise clemency, but only to reduce the sentence to life imprisonment. This is rather unlikely in cases involving members of the Muslim Brotherhood, since he promised to wipe out the Brotherhood before he was elected. So far seven executions have happened.
This situation causes great concern since we know that the judiciary were largely appointed under Mubarak. Mass trials have also been held with very poor arrangements for defending individuals. If most of the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood are either killed or given life imprisonment, the probability is that far more extreme and violent movements will spring up in its place. We have seen this with the conventional opposition in Syria, with Hamas in Gaza, and so some extent in Libya.
The question is, what do HMG intend to do about the situation I have described? Will it alert the United States as our ally? Will it mobilise all our EU partners to condemn the death penalty and all moves to drive the Muslim Brotherhood underground? They do, after all, represent a significant fraction of the whole Egyptian population.