Egypt: 683 Morsi supporters sentenced to death

For violence on August 14, verdict now goes to Grand Mufti

28 April, 11:20

    Egyptian policemen stand guard outside a court during the trial of supporters of toppled president Mohamed Morsi, in Minya, Egypt Egyptian policemen stand guard outside a court during the trial of supporters of toppled president Mohamed Morsi, in Minya, Egypt

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO - A court in Minya, Upper Egypt, on Monday sentenced 683 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, including the spiritual chief of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie, to death. The verdict, which is part of a mass trial against over 1,200 Brotherhood supporters, now goes to Egypt's supreme religious authority, the Grand Mufti, a senior religious scholar, for approval or rejection.

    The court also reversed 492 death sentences out of the 529 passed in March, commuting most to life in prison. Thirty seven of the 529 death sentences passed in March were not reversed, though defendants can appeal the verdict.

    Most of the defendants, who faced charges over violence on August 14 last year in Minya, were sentenced in absentia.

    The mass trial against over 1,200 supporters of the ousted president kicked off on March 22. After two days, the judge recommended the death penalty for a first group of 529 defendants, referring the verdict to the Grand Mufti.

    The trial has sparked international protests with human rights groups saying it breached international human rights law.

    (ANSAmed).

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