Monday, 24 March 2014

Egypt sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death

Cairo - A court in southern Egypt has convicted 529
supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed
Morsi, sentencing them to death on charges of
murdering a policeman and attacking police.



The court in Minya issued its ruling on Monday after
only two sessions in which the defendants' lawyers
complained they had no chance to present their
case.



Those convicted are part of a group of 545
defendants on trial for the killing of a police officer,
attempted killing of two others, attacking a police
station and other acts of violence.




More than 150 suspects stood trial, the others were
tried in absentia. Sixteen were acquitted.
The defendants were arrested after violent
demonstrations that were a backlash for the police
crackdown in August on pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo
that killed hundreds of people.

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