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Muslim Brotherhood leader, 682 others sentenced to death

Published on Apr 29, 2014 7:40 AM
Egyptians reacting outside a court during the trial of supporters of toppled president Mohamed Mursi in Minya yesterday. The judge is expected to confirm the latest batch of death sentences on June 21. -- PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

MINYA (Egypt) - An Egyptian court has sentenced the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 of its supporters to death, intensifying a crackdown on the movement that could trigger protests and political violence ahead of an election next month.

The death sentence passed on Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's general guide, will infuriate members of the group which has been the target of raids, arrests and bans since the army ousted president Mohamed Mursi from power in July last year.

The verdict, after a trial lasting only a few minutes, came just a month after the same judge drew condemnation for sentencing 529 other people to death in a similarly lightning-fast mass trial.

Judge Sayedd Yousef also affirmed the death sentences yesterday of about 40 of the defendants in that mass trial and commuted the others to life in prison, which is understood in Egypt to mean 25 years.

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