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Egyptian court sets April 28 as judgment day for 700 Islamists

Published on Mar 25, 2014 9:57 PM
 
Supporters of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was overthrown by the army after demonstrations against his rule last July, shout slogans during a protest in Matariya area, east of Cairo, March 7, 2014. An Egypt court that triggered a global outcry after it sentenced 529 Islamists to death has set April 28 as judgment day in the trial of about 700 co-defendants, a lawyer said on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - An Egypt court that triggered a global outcry after it sentenced 529 Islamists to death has set April 28 as judgment day in the trial of about 700 co-defendants, a lawyer said on Tuesday.

Mohamed Badie, the supreme guide of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, is among the defendants, but he was not brought to court on Tuesday for security reasons, security officials said. He faces several other trials that could also result in the death penalty.

Defence lawyers boycotted Tuesday's session of the trial, branding it "farcical" after Monday's mass sentencing, which the United Nations denounced as a breach of international human rights law.

The roughly 1,200 defendants in the case are accused of the murder and attempted murder of several policemen during riots in the city of Minya south of Cairo on August 14.

 
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