529 Morsi supporters sentenced to death

2014-03-25 03:58:54 | Al Muslim News
529 Morsi supporters sentenced to death

 

A court in southern Egypt has ordered sentence to death for 529 supporters of Mohamed Morsi for the murder of a single police officer. The people were arrested last year in August during a wave of unrest when Morsi was ousted from power by the military and supporters of the former president react violently to the clearance of a pro-Morsi sit-in in Cairo during which more than 900 people were killed. In addition to the murder, the 529 were accused of attempting to kill two other police officers and attacking a police station. The death sentences are not final and appeals are likely; similar sentences have often been commuted in Egypt. But families of the accused and rights lawyers described the process as a miscarriage of justice. The same court will try 683 more Brotherhood supporters – including the leader of the group, Mohamed Badie, and the head of its political wing, Saad al-Katatny. The defendants are among at least 16,000 political dissidents arrested since the overthrow of Morsi last July, according to police figures. Some rights groups say the real figure may be as high as 23,000, and many of those imprisoned have been tortured by the authorities. One of the most high-profile detainees – Alaa Abd El Fatah, a secular activist investigated by every regime since Hosni Mubarak – was released on bail on Sunday in a rare instance of judicial clemency..

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