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Egypt court sentences 10 Morsi loyalists to death

Case of 48 accused includes Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, who was not amongst the 10 sentenced to death

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Saturday 7 Jun 2014
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Supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi clash at Nasr City district in Cairo, January 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Cairo’s Shubra Criminal Court sentenced Saturday 10 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death on charges of inciting violence and blocking the Qalyoub Highway last July.


The case includes a total of 48 accused, including the Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, who was not amongst the 10 sentenced to death.


In accordance with Egyptian law, the court referred the death sentence to the country's Grand Mufti to review the verdicts.


All 10 sentenced to death are at large.


The trial of the remaining 38 defendants will continue 5 July.


This is not the first mass death sentence announced against Morsi loyalists, who have been arrested in the thousands since last August.


In March, the Upper Egypt Minya Criminal Court sentenced 529 Brotherhood supporters to death on charges of murdering the deputy commander of the Matay district police station in Minya, during riots that erupted in the aftermath of the forced dispersal in August 2013 of Islamist protest camps which left hundreds dead.


Militant attacks against security forces escalated since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi last July, leaving more than 500 officers and soldiers dead.  

The Muslim Brotherhood has repeatedly denied involvement in the violence. The group was declared a terrorist organisation last December.

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