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'Fast' death penalty for 529 Brotherhood supporters will be appealed: Defence
Defence team says the court violated Egypt's criminal procedure law by not allowing its lawyers to speak during the session
El-Sayed Gamal El-Deen, Monday 24 Mar 2014
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This image made from video shows relatives reacting after an Egyptian court on Monday sentenced to death 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in connection to an attack on a police station that killed a senior police officer in Minya, Egypt, Monday, March 24, 2014 (Photo: AP)

A member of the defence team representing the 529 defendants handed a mass death penalty on Monday has said that his team will appeal the verdict, the largest of its kind in the history of Egypt's criminal courts.

Ahmed Shabib, a Muslim Brotherhood lawyer, said on Monday that defence lawyers would bring the appeal after receiving the reasoning behind the court's ruling.

Shabib added that he and his fellow lawyers would request a retrial for the defendants sentenced in absentia.

On Monday, an Upper Egyptian court in Minya sentenced 529 supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi to death on charges of murdering Mostafa El-Attar, deputy commander of the Matay district police station, who was killed during riots in the aftermath of the violent dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins in August.

The court also acquitted 16 other defendants after it was proved that they had helped save another officer from being killed.

Only 147 defendants were present at the hearing. The remaining defendants have been released, set free on bail or still remain at large.

Shabib told Ahram Online that the 45-minute court session, held amid a heavy security presence, had not been attended by either the defendants or their defence team.

He added that a request to change the judge overseeing the case's first session on Saturday had been turned down by the court.

The defendants' papers will be handed over for inspection to the office of the Grand Mufti, the country's official authority for issuing religious edicts, as per Egyptian law which stipulates that all death sentences be reviewed by the Mufti for ratification.

The court has set 28 April as the date the final verdict will be issued.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Tosson, a Brotherhood leader and a member of the defence team, said that only 22 defendants are members of the Brotherhood.

Tosson further slammed the verdict as being “the fastest and most bizarre in the history of Egyptian judiciary.” He added that the judge did not grant time for the defence team to present its case, which he says is a violation of Egypt's criminal procedures law.

“This verdict is void under the criminal procedures law, under the penal code and under the recently ratified constitution,” said Tosson, adding that the verdict only aims to intimidate the Brotherhood.

A statement issued by the Brotherhood accused Egypt's interim authorities of using the judiciary to launch "a genocide" against protesters.

"These verdicts will only make the revolutionaries more determined to topple the coup," added the statement.

Monday’s sentence was criticised by the Lawyers' Syndicate, which announced that it would hold a press conference on Tuesday to clarify the violations present in the verdict.





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Abdel Abubakr
30-03-2014 02:43pm
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'Fast' death penalty for 529 Brotherhood supporters will be appealed: Defence
In my views since the Judgement is issued by a Court of Law, that is the only correct action to take in order to be within the Law of the land. I also believe that any other action from demonstration, use of aggression or violence should be null and void as it may result in the loss of the supremacy of the Law or to a total military coup in the country which is not to the benefit of any one.
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mike kowalchuk
27-03-2014 10:56pm
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hard to care
When Egypt's people start to use the law in this manor I find it very hard to care for what is going on over there, there is no care for the fellow man when it is easier just to eradicate the people and the sick part is its your own people....
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indian
25-03-2014 12:06pm
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devils
I dont understand why whole world are after muslim. what exactly they want from muslim. a lost of 1 life means revenge of 529 life. oh god, what a pathetic solution.
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Bubbly
25-03-2014 11:43am
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Judicial Terrorism
This is NOT a justice but a Judicial Terrorism.Egyptian are under attack both from State & Judicial Terrorism.Egypt is not required enemies to destroy it it's corrupt & lunatic Junta & Judiciary is enough to destroy it.God bless Egypt & Egyptians
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Andreas Dittrich
25-03-2014 09:31am
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Don't overstretch
I am really not a friend of the MBs but that ridiculous verdict is water on their mills, will further radicalize them, makes fighting terrorism more difficult and widens the polarization in Egyptian society instead of building bridges. Unrest and economic woes will follow suit. I hope that there are enough decent judges keeping their senses and get things into proportion.
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Nooman Mufti
25-03-2014 06:25am
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What a joke!
Wow! I think Egypt and its military backed government has finally declared itself to be a lunatic state! 529 people sentenced to death for the murder of 1 man (plus property damage of course) ? And what about the thousands the police and armed forces killed in Raba'a ? Ow....they were all 'terrorists' right ? Funny what when innocents are killed in the thousands, not a single person is sent to prison. Will Sisi ever be sent to prison for the massacre at Raba'a ? No...he will be made President very soon. Shame on this puppet government who have already made Egypt a bad joke in the eyes of the whole world!
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Doer of Good
25-03-2014 04:07am
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The prince must be a fox to recognize the traps and a lion to frighten the wolves.
This is the correct judgment. These infidels do not deserve life. Take it from them!
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Trixie Wolf
25-03-2014 04:00am
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Damn Egypt, you crazy.
Though I live in the States, I know a few people who are Egyptian. They're just as stunned by this as everyone else is. Allowing Morsi's men to run the country by religious edict might be bad, but this is not the way to solve that problem. Democracy requires majority rule but minority protection. Egypt is still a junta state.
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Allen
24-03-2014 11:23pm
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And the Muslim brotherhood thought their crimes will go unpunished.
WRONG!!!!!!! It's about time the brotherhood started paying the price instead of their victims.
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Quadratic Equation
02-04-2014 02:32am
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Spot on
Absolutely right, Agnabi. It is idiotic that known mass murderers who commited political genoicide in 2011 and beyond are ignored by elitst thugs while the innocent are instead rounded up for imaginary "crimes".
agnabi
28-03-2014 05:00am
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unpunished...we heard it before.
In 2011, more than 800 people were killed, And those who were accused stood in the court. What happened to them? They acquitted. mish keda? We don't "know" who were responsible for that mass death? Who could escape the death sentence. Then this time, only such a short period, the judge could give sentence to 529 people. They are "super-intelligent" to examine all the proofs? PLEASE COMPARE this sentence with the case of the victims of 2011 revolution!
Gray matter
25-03-2014 06:46pm
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Varied political ideologies
It is foolish to believe that all of these people are supporters of the Brotherhood. Could argue that everyone in the govenrment is a Nazi since this judge is one.
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Addis Alem
24-03-2014 08:47pm
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Calm down people:
The simple act of proposing for a such a massacre of Egyptian citizens is inhumane in and of itself. Next, they are going to say they reduced the death penalty to decades in prison and people are supposed to thank them! Calm down, don't plunge Egypt into irreversible chaos just so that you can grab on power!
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