529 Morsi supporters sentenced to death

Mar 24, 2014, 6:46 AM EDT
An Egyptian holds a poster in Cairo on February 16, 2014 outside the Police Academy where a hearing in the espionage trial of Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to open.
AFP/Khaled Desouki

An Egyptian court has referred 528 Muslim Brotherhood defendants to the Grand Mufti, who issues legal opinions and edicts, to approve a death sentence, Egyptian state television reports. Those convicted are part of a group of 545 defendants on trial for the killing of a police officer, attempted killing of two others, attacking a police station and other acts of violence. "The court has decided to sentence to death 529 defendants and 16 were acquitted," lawyer Ahmed al-Sharif told Reuters news agency.
Background:
Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death [Aljazeera]
Egyptian court sentences Muslim Brotherhood members to death: lawyer [Reuters]

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