CAIRO — An Egyptian court docket on Saturday sentenced 75 folks to loss of life, together with prime leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, for his or her involvement in a 2013 sit-in protest by Islamists that was damaged up by safety forces in an operation that left no less than 600 folks useless.
In a case involving 739 defendants going through expenses starting from homicide to damaging property, the court docket additionally sentenced to life in jail the pinnacle of the Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, and 46 others.
Mahmoud Abu Zaid, a photojournalist referred to as “Shawkan” whose detention has been decried by rights teams at dwelling and overseas, obtained 5 years in jail. He was detained in August 2013, which means he ought to stroll free inside days for time served.
The sit-in at a sq. in a Cairo suburb was staged by supporters of Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood stalwart. He turned Egypt’s first freely elected president in 2012 however was ousted a 12 months later by the army, then led by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, following days of road protests calling on him to step down.
One in all Morsi’s sons, Osama, was amongst 22 defendants who obtained 10-year jail phrases. A complete of 374 had been sentenced to 15 years and 215 to 5 years. Proceedings had been dropped towards 5 defendants who’ve died for the reason that trial started.
Saturday’s convictions could be appealed.
BBC Information experiences that the 75 loss of life sentences affirm sentences that had been. The extra verdicts mark the top of the trial, the BBC experiences.
Rights group Amnesty Worldwide has denounced the mass trial as “grossly unfair.”
“This will solely be described as a parody of justice; it casts a darkish shadow over the integrity of Egypt’s whole system of justice, and makes a mockery of due course of,” Najia Bounaim, director of marketing campaign in North Africa at Amnesty Worldwide, mentioned in June.
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