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683 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Sentenced to Death

683 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Sentenced to Death

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A recent protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo.

683 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, including the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, have been sentenced to death in Minya, according to lawyers of the defendants.

The paperwork to finalize the death sentences, the largest ever in one case, will now be sent to the Grand Mufti for approval. Normally sending paperwork to the Grand Mufti is purely procedural, but it remains to be seen whether this case will require further scrutiny.

The 683 defendants, including Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, had been standing trial over violence in Minya in 2013.

The Minya Criminal Court has set June 21 as the date to review the Grand Mufti’s decision to confirm whether or not all 683 will receive the death penalty.

It is unclear how many of the 683 have been tried in absentia.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs explains that Egyptian law dictates that defendants tried in absentia receive the maximum sentence possible. However, upon turning themselves in (or when captured), they are retried and new evidence is heard.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also added that all sentences can be appealed.

Death sentences reversed

Meanwhile, the Minya Criminal Court has confirmed the death sentences of 37 individuals from an earlier case in which 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death. The court reversed 429 death sentences, sentencing them instead to life in prison (25 years under Egyptian law).

The 529 individuals were found guilty of charges ranging from killing one police officer, attacking other members of the police force and police stations, stealing weapons and attacking and vandalizing churches and public buildings.

Following the verdict, the Prosecutor-General announced that he would be appealing the decision to sentence 37 people to death and 429 to life in prison.

Local media reports that of the 529 sentenced to death or life in prison, only 153 attended the trial and the others were tried in absentia.

Earlier this week, 11 supporters of the banned Islamist group were sentenced to up to 88 years in prison in Minya, with five tried in absentia.

Thousands have been detained across Egypt since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on charges mainly revolving around violence. Some estimates place the number of detainees at 20,000.

More than 400 members of Egypt’s security forces have been killed since July 2013, and more than 1,000 civilians have died during violent clashes and crackdowns by security forces on the Muslim Brotherhood and protests.

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  • Is your country that fucked up that you sentence over 600 humans to die? Does it make any sense? Its almost a slap in the face of the whole revolution…”Thanks for waking us up to the world a few years back but since you didnt die then we’re just gonna sentence you to die sometime soon”..If this is the solution to your generational problem- to kill everyone who doesn’t agree? Last i checked it was 2014 not 1943…There are better ways of dealing with the problem, one way is to not let the free world know you are planning to execute over 600 people.

  • abe coe

    The Egypt muslim brotherhood must be eliminated for the good of mankind. If you have extra cash please send it to Egypt,this will help them fight and destroyed the muslim brotherhood.

  • What law are they following?

  • Reblogged this on Brain Cage.

  • by any other name, they would’ve been sentenced to death, why does it have to be brought up that they are muslims? You want martyr’s? That’s how you get martyr’s –shouldn’t have said they were muslims, we already knew those terrorists in egypt were muslim, who else could they have been? Christian? Buddhist? Hindi? Atheist? No, none of those religious groups are violent, only muslims are. Islam is a Religion of peace, my ass.

    • What an underdeveloped idiot.

      • Seamus oshea

        amr, i guess he just drank the kool aid. there were plenty of irish and english killing each other (catholics and protestants). come on now, don’t lump a few bad apples into an other wise non existent perception of violence.

    • Anony-moose

      All religions that you listed can be blamed for at least one act of violence, but by far the most violent modern religion of the ones you listed is Islam.

      I don’t care for religion’s interference in justice. If you kill innocent people, you should be prepared to face the death penalty.

    • Anon

      I get what you mean, but check out what Christians are doing in Africa… Also Buddhists are not so pacific in China, but the media is not interested in taking any attention away from Islamism as the most havoc wreaking religion.

  • Reblogged this on رزق الملوك الخوف and commented:
    حسبي الله ونعم الوكيل … وإستخف بقومه

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