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700 Egypt Islamists in court after mass death sentences

Published on Mar 25, 2014 4:11 PM
 
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was overthrown by the army after demonstrations against his rule last July, shout slogans during a protest in Matarya area, east of Cairo, on March 21, 2014. Around 700 supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi, including the supreme guide of his Muslim Brotherhood movement, were on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 due in court, a day after 529 co-defendants were sentenced to death. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Around 700 supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi, including the supreme guide of his Muslim Brotherhood movement, were on Tuesday due in court, a day after 529 co-defendants were sentenced to death.

The trial of more than 1,200 Islamists in the southern province of Minya comes amid a sweeping crackdown on Mursi's supporters since his overthrow by the army last July.

They are accused of killing two policemen and rioting on August 14, after police killed hundreds of protesters while dispersing two Cairo protest camps.

Monday's largest mass death sentencing in Egypt's modern history came after just two hearings and drew criticism from rights groups, the United States and European Union.

 
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