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Egypt court sentences 529 Mursi supporters to death

Published on Mar 24, 2014 4:27 PM
 
A riot police holds his weapon during clashes with al-Azhar University students, who are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Mursi, on the university campus in Cairo's Nasr City district, March 19, 2014. A court in Egypt on Monday, March 24, 2014 sentenced 529 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi to death after a mass trial, judicial sources said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - A court in Egypt on Monday sentenced 529 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi to death after a mass trial, judicial sources said.

Islamist backers of Mursi are facing a deadly crackdown launched by the military-installed authorities since his ouster in July, with hundreds of people killed and thousands arrested.

Of those sentenced on Monday, 153 are in detention, while the rest are on the run, the sources said.

The verdict can be appealed.