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Final decision on 188 'Kerdasa' death sentences postponed over 'security concerns'

The defendants are accused of killing police officers during an attack on a police station in Kerdasa on the day security forces dispersed pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-ins on 14 August 2013

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Dec 2014
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File Photo: A view shows a damaged police station burnt in a blaze by supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi in Kerdasa, a town 14 km (9 miles) from Cairo in this September 19, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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The final verdict on death sentences imposed on 188 defendants in the 'Kerdasa clashes' case has been delayed until 22 February over "security concerns." 

Giza criminal court sentenced the defendants to death on 2 December and sent the verdict to the Grand Mufti for review, a requirement in Egyptian law before any execution can be carried out.

The Mufti's decision is non-binding, however.

The court originally set 24 January 2015 to issue its final verdict. The verdict can still then be appealed.

The defendants were found guilty of killing police officers after storming Kerdasa police station in Giza, following the dispersal of pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-ins in Cairo on 14 August 2013 that left hundreds dead and sparked nationwide unrest.

They were also found guilty of the attempted murder of ten other police personnel, sabotaging the police station, torching a number of police vehicles and possessing heavy firearms.

Out of the 188, 151 are detained while 37 are at large and were tried in absentia.

This is not the only mass death sentence issued by courts this year.

In March, Minya court passed the death penalty on 529 people for killing a police officer and committing acts of violence. And in April, the same judge handed the same sentence in a separate case to another 683 people over similar charges.

The Grand Mufti approved the death sentences for 37 in the first trial and 183 in the second, both of which the court upheld.

The two cases are currently being appealed.

The two mass death sentences were widely criticised by local and international rights groups and organisations as well as foreign governments.

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Sobia
09-12-2014 03:41pm
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You won't mention that among these 188 defendants one is a elderly woman and two defendants are living in heaven not in this world.This is called CC justice.
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Allen
10-12-2014 01:52am
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Not surprisingly you toss accusatory descriptions without comprehending their meaning
Yellow journalism is sensationalizing the news to sell more subscriptions. Non of that is remotely present in this article. Your claim that one of the defendants is an elderly woman is irrelevant. As is your laughable claim that two of the terrorists are supposedly in heaven. All of which has noting to do with yellow journalism, or any form of injustice you regularly rant with no credible evidence.
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khofo, Giza
09-12-2014 02:58pm
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It was horrible seen to see police officers and soldiers being killed and dismembered. in streets.Those criminals who claimed Muslims are nothing more than common, hard core criminals who must be eradicated from the society or they will do it again. Tahya Misr.
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