An Egyptian court sentenced to death 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood on Monday on a variety of charges, including murdering a police officer and attacking police, according to reports published this morning.
Among the accused are several leaders of deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, among them spiritual leader Mohammed Badie.
It represents one of the most sweeping actions against the Brotherhood since Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sissi took power.
“The court has decided to sentence to death 529 defendants, and 16 were acquitted,” lawyer Ahmed al-Sharif told Reuters. The defendants have been on trial since Saturday in Minya south of the capital. The sentence arrived on the second day of the hearing.
Source: washington post