Egypt court upholds death sentences for 183 MB supporters

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An Egyptian court has upheld the death sentences issued for 183 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the movement’s spiritual leader, Mohamed Badie.

The sentence was delivered Saturday by a military-installed court in the town of Minya, south of Cairo.

A judge had recommended the death penalty for the 683 defendants, in a widely-censured mass trial back in April.

The military-installed interim government has sentenced hundreds of its opponents since December 2013 following a coup, which was led by then army chief and now President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi against Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in July of that year.

Authorities have cracked down harshly on Muslim Brotherhood supporters since the ouster of Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Some 15 others have got life imprisonment. Four of the defendants were handed sentences of up to 25 years imprisonment.

The defendants were accused of involvement in the murder and attempted murder of policemen in Minya Province on 14 August 2013, the day police killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in clashes in Cairo.

Defense lawyers called the mass trial “farcical” and said many of those accused were not even present during the clashes.

Once approved by Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the sentences will be carried out.

However, lawyers say the ruling can be overturned on appeal.

 

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