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Top Sunni Muslim group slams Egypt's death sentences for 683 Islamists

Published on Apr 30, 2014 5:26 PM

DOH (AFP) - A Qatar-based Sunni Muslim group led by influential cleric Sheikh Yusef al-Qaradawi has condemned as "politicised" an Egyptian court's decision to sentence hundreds of Islamists to death.

The court on Monday imposed death sentences on 683 suspected Islamists - including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie - amid a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.

The Association of Muslim Scholars responded by saying it "rejects these verdicts coming from a court that takes orders from those who came to power in a military coup and govern Egypt using coercion and repression."

In a statement issued late on Tuesday, the Qatar-based organisation said the sentences were "politicised and considered an insult to justice" in Egypt.

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