529 Morsi supporters sentenced to death


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An Egyptian court sentenced 529 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death after a mass trial. Islamist backers of Morsi face a deadly crackdown launched by the military-installed authorities since his ouster in July. Of those sentenced, 153 are in detention and the rest are on the run. 17 others were acquitted. A second group of about 700 defendants will be in the dock on Tuesday.The verdict can be appealed. They were accused of attacking people, public property and causing the deaths of two policemen, after security forces broke up two Cairo protest camps. Among the accused are several leaders of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, including its supreme guide Mohamed Badie. Morsi, Egypt’s first elected and civilian president, was ousted by the army on July 3, 2013.

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