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Egypt Court Sentences 528 People to Death
Mar 27, 2014

A court in Egypt has sentenced 528 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to death. They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property.The group is among some 1,200 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on trial, including senior members. Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mohammed Morsi was removed by the military in July. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested.

The court in Minya, south of the capital Cairo, issued its ruling after only two sessions in which the defendants' lawyers complained they had no chance to present their case. Some 147 suspects were in court for the trial and the others were convicted in absentia. The court also acquitted 16 other defendants.

Lawyers have accused the presiding judge of veering away from all legal norms and denying justice to the accused. The verdict now goes to Egypt's supreme religious authority, the Grand Mufti (a senior Islamic scholar), for approval or rejection. The final trial session will not be held until 28 April, so there is some time left before the sentence is confirmed and there will be time to appeal in that period.

Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the military last July following mass street protests against his government. He is facing four separate trials. There has since been a severe crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group, as well as on other activists seen as hostile to the military-backed interim government. The Muslim Brotherhood has been declared a terrorist organisation and authorities have punished any public show of support for it.

A day after more than 500 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi were sentenced to death, the leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 682 others went on trial on charges including murder.

The mass trials and death sentences, the biggest in Egypt's modern history, are signs that the crackdown on Mohammed Morsi's Brotherhood is intensifying ahead of presidential elections that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win.


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