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Muslim Brotherhood leader among 683 alleged Islamists sentenced to death by Egypt

Published on Apr 28, 2014 3:40 PM
 

MINYA, Egypt (AFP) - An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 682 other alleged Islamists to death, a lawyer and prosecutor said.

The same court also reversed 492 death sentences out of 529 it passed in March, commuting most of those to life in prison. Of the 683 sentenced on Monday, only about 50 are in detention. The judge will confirm the verdict on June 21. The others have a right to a retrial if they hand themselves in.

The verdict was the first against Badie, the spiritual head of ousted president Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, in the several trials he faces on various charges along with Mursi himself and other Brotherhood leaders.

Some female relatives waiting outside the courtroom in the southern province of Minya fainted on hearing news of the verdict. “Where is the justice?” others chanted.

Several said family members had been unjustly convicted or put on trial. “My son does not even pray, he does not even know where the mosque is,” said one woman, whose son was among the 529 sentenced to death in March.

Those sentenced on Monday were accused of involvement in the murder and attempted murder of policemen in Minya province on August 14, the day police killed hundreds of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s supporters in clashes in Cairo.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide Mohamed Badie waves from inside the defendants cage during the trial of Brotherhood members on Feb 3, 2014 in the police institute near Cairo's Turah prison. An Egyptian court on Monday, April 28, 2014, sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 682 other alleged Islamists to death, a lawyer and prosecutor said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
 
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