Egyptian Judge Sentences 529 Morsi Supporters to Death After Mass Trial
Egyptian regime sentences 529 Mohammad Morsi supporters to death after a mass trial on Saturday.
The Times of Israel reported:
A court in Egypt on Monday sentenced 529 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death after a mass trial, judicial sources said.
Islamist backers of Morsi are facing a deadly crackdown launched by the military-installed authorities since his ouster in July, with hundreds of people killed and thousands arrested.
The sentence was delivered in the second hearing of a trial which began on Saturday in Minya, south of the capital.
Of those sentenced, 153 are in detention and the rest are on the run, the sources said, adding that 17 others were acquitted. The verdict can be appealed.
Those sentenced are among more than 1,200 Morsi supporters on trial in Minya. A second group of about 700 defendants will be in the dock on Tuesday.
They are accused of attacking both people and public property in southern Egypt in August, after security forces broke up two Cairo protest camps set up by Morsi supporters on August 14.
They are also charged with committing acts of violence that led to the deaths of two policemen in Minya, judicial sources said.
The accused include several leaders of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, including its supreme guide Mohamed Badie.
After only one session, court in Menia, Egypt sentenced 528 pro-Morsi to death for attacking police stations! The insanity continues.
— The Big Pharaoh (@TheBigPharaoh) March 24, 2014