Cairo Criminal Court sentences 75, including top Muslim Brotherhood leaders to death in 2013 sit-in case
Egypt's State-run media says a court has sentenced 75 people to death, including top figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in.
Cairo: Egypt's State-run media says a court has sentenced 75 people to death, including top figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in.
Sunday's decision in Cairo Criminal Court will now be referred to the Grand Mufti—the country's top theological authority—for his non-binding opinion on the sentences. He usually approves the court's decision.
Sentencing for more than 660 others was set for 8 September, according to State-run Al-Ahram news website.
The case involves 739 defendants, including the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide Mohammed Badie and photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid. Charges range from murder to damaging public property.
The 2013 sit-in supported former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi who was militarily ousted following mass protests against his divisive one-year rule. Morsi hailed from the Brotherhood. The sit-in was violently dispersed.
The intensity of the overnight violence, with Morsi's Islamist backers and largely secular protesters lobbing firebombs and rocks at each other, signaled a turning point in the crisis over the president's assumption of near-absolute powers.
Tuesday's protests follow closely on new salvos in the conflict between Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the judiciary.
The vote shows the determination of President Mohammed Morsi to go forward with the process despite fierce opposition from liberals, secularists, Christians and others.