Egypt Court Sends 75 To Death, 47 To Life Over 2013 Protest

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CAIRO — An Egyptian court has sen­tenced 75 people to death, including top leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in protest.

In a case involving 739 defendants facing charges ranging from murder to damaging property, the court Satur­day also sentenced to life in prison the head of the Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, and 46 others.

Mahmoud Abu Zaid, a photojour­nalist known as “Shawkan,” received five years imprisonment, meaning he will walk free for time served.

The sit-in was staged by support­ers of Mohammed Morsi, a Brother­hood stalwart who became Egypt’s first freely elected president in 2012 but was ousted a year later by the military, then led by President Abdel- Fattah el-Sissi.

At least 600 people were killed when security forces broke up the protest in August 2013.

 

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