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Egypt military court postpones verdict on 28 Morsi supporters for third time

In February, the court sentenced eight of the 28 defendants to a preliminary death sentence but did not issue sentences for the remaining 20 defendants

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 24 Apr 2016
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An Egyptian military court postponed on Sunday the issuing of a verdict in the trial of 28 alleged supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi who were accused of planning attacks on military and police personnel to 29 May.

In February, the court sentenced eight of the 28 defendants to death. The court did not issue sentences for the remaining 20 defendants.

Fifteen of the defendants are detained, while the rest are on the run and being tried in absentia.

The court referred its initial death penalty verdicts to the Grand Mufti of Egypt -- the country's leading authority on religious edicts – for a non-binding consultation as per Egyptian law.

In March, the court postponed issuing a verdict in the case until 3 April without stating reasons. The verdict was further postponed on 3 April to 24 April.

The court is set to confirm or reverse the death sentences and rule on first-degree sentences for the 20 remaining defendants.

The awaited verdicts will be subject to appeal in the military cassation court. 

 

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