Egypt court sentences 12 Mursi supporters to death

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood members Mohammed al-Baltaci (top), Khairat al-Shater (left) and Mohamed Badie (right) stand behind the defendants cage during the trial of 23 people charged over the September killing of police general Nabil Farrag in Kerda
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood members Mohammed al-Baltaci (top), Khairat al-Shater (left) and Mohamed Badie (right) stand behind the defendants cage during the trial of 23 people charged over the September killing of police general Nabil Farrag in Kerdassa, considered to be a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold, in Cairo, on June 18, 2014. An Egyptian court sentenced 12 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi to death on Wednesday on charges connected to the fatal shooting of a police general last year. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian court sentenced 12 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi to death on Wednesday on charges connected to the fatal shooting of a police general last year.

The 12 were among 23 defendants charged with murder or attempted murder over the shooting during a police raid on an Islamist stronghold in the capital on September 19 that came amid the bloody crackdown that followed the army's overthrow of Mursi in July.

The accused were also charged with "membership of a jihadist organisation". The other 11 remain on the run.