Egypt's Court of Cassation, the country's highest appeals court, has overturned on Wednesday the death sentences of 149 defendants previously convicted of killing policemen in Kerdasa in 2013, and ordered a retrial.
In February 2015, a lower criminal court sentenced 183 supporters of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group to death over their role in the killing of 11 policemen in an assault on a police station in the town of Kerdasa, on the outskirts of Cairo in August 2013 during the unrest that followed the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Thirty-four of the defendants were sentenced in absentia.
The new trial will take place before a lower criminal court and defendants will have the opportunity to appeal again before the cassation court.
Since Morsi's ouster, hundreds of his supporters have been sentenced to death on murder charges in swift mass trials condemned by United Nations as "unprecedented in recent history". Many have won retrials though.
However, the Court of Cassation has overturned many of these mass verdicts on a number of occasions, citing procedural mistakes by lower courts' judges.