Egypt sentences 529 to death

Last updated 21:22 24/03/2014

More than 520 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood are sentenced to death on charges including murder. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Relevant offers

Africa

The astonishing science behind the desert's mysterious fairy circles Suicide blast kills more than 40 in northern Mali military camp At least 76 killed in air strike on Nigerian refugee camp - Red Cross Nigerian jet mistakenly bombs refugee camp, killing more than 100 people Nyajime Guet, 4, has survived the odds as South Sudan's humanitarian crisis unfolds Lions decapitated in South Africa, likely for medicine Streets of Ivory Coast cities calm after soldier mutiny Zuma's ex-wife given boost in South Africa leadership race Ivory Coast defence minister trapped in city as soldiers open fire Kiwi social entrepreneur braves it all to teach Malagasy children to code

A court in southern Egypt has convicted 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, 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-Mursi sit-ins in Cairo that killed hundreds of people. 

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content