Egypt sentences 75 people to death, hundreds to jail over 2013 sit-in

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, mimes a photographer inside a soundproof glass dock during his trial inside capital Cairo, on September 8, 2018.

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Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, mimes a photographer inside a soundproof glass dock during his trial inside capital Cairo, on September 8, 2018.

An Egyptian court on Saturday issued death sentences for 75 people, including prominent Islamist leaders, in addition to jailed more than 0 others over a 2013 sit-in which ended with the killing of hundreds of protesters by security forces.

The sentencing concluded the mass trial of some 700 people accused of offences including murder in addition to inciting violence during the pro-Muslim Brotherhood protest at Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo.

The government says many protesters were armed in addition to in which eight members of the security forces were killed. in which initially said more than 40 police had died.

Rights groups say over 800 protesters died inside single most deadly incident during the unrest in which followed Egypt’s 2011 favorite uprising. Amnesty International condemned Saturday’s decision, calling the trial “disgraceful”.

In Saturday’s hearing at the vast Tora prison complex south of Cairo, a criminal court sentenced to death by hanging several prominent Islamists including senior Brotherhood leaders Essam al-Erian in addition to Mohamed Beltagi in addition to preacher Safwat Higazi.

Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohamed Badie in addition to dozens more were given life sentences, judicial sources said. Others received jail sentences ranging through a few to 15 years.

Cases were dropped against a few people who had died while in prison, judicial sources said, without giving further details.

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