court confirms death sentence on Brotherhood leader
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[June 21, 2014]
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court
on Saturday confirmed death sentences against the leader of the outlawed
Muslim Brotherhood and at least 182 of his supporters, judicial sources
at the court told Reuters.
The court's decision came two months after it referred the case
against the Brotherhood's general guide Mohamed Badie and hundreds
of others to the state's highest religious authority, the Mufti, the
first step towards imposing a death sentence.
They were charged over violence that erupted in the southern
Egyptian town of Minya in July in the aftermath of the army's ouster
of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, a senior Brotherhood member,
after mass protests against his rule. One senior police officer was
killed in the violence.Saturday's decision comes just two weeks
after former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office as
president after winning an election in May. Sisi led the overthrow
of Mursi which was followed by protests by Mursi's supporters and a
crackdown by security forces in which hundreds of Islamist
protesters were killed and thousands jailed. In a separate case, a
Cairo court referred Badie and 13 other Brotherhood supporters on
Thursday to the Mufti on charges of murder and firearms possession
related to clashes during the protests last July. Around 500 army
and police officers have been killed since Mursi's fall.
Badie and other senior Brotherhood leaders including Mursi are
standing trial in other cases.
(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh and Dominic Evans; Editing by Janet
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