EGYPT COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE OF 20 BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS OVER STORMING OF POLICE STATION

CAIRO, Egypt- An Egyptian court, confirmed the death sentence against 20 members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, over the storming of a police station and the killing of 14 policemen. The Court of Cassation, Egypt’s top court, that gives final verdicts, upheld the death verdicts against 20 militants, mostly loyalists and members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

The defendants stormed the main police station in Kerdasa district, a stronghold of the Muslim Brotherhood, at that time, of Giza province in mid-Aug, 2013, killing 17 people including 14 policemen. The assault, known as the “Kerdasa massacre,” took place more than a month following Morsi’s military removal on July 3, 2013, and shortly after a massive security crackdown on two pro-Morsi sit-ins on Aug 14, 2013, in Cairo and Giza, which left hundreds dead and thousands more arrested.

The case originally involves 188 defendants, including fugitives. In Feb, 2015, the court sentenced 183 of them to death and a minor to 10 years in jail. After appeals, later in Feb, 2016, the Court of Cassation ordered the retrial of 156 of them.

In Apr, 2017, the criminal court recommended death penalty for 20 of them and referred their case documents to the Grand Mufti, the country’s interpreter of religious law, to get his religious opinion on their execution.

They appealed the death sentence later, but the court of Cassation rejected their appeal on Monday.

Morsi is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence over inciting deadly clashes between his supporters and opponents, in late 2012, and a 25-year jail term over leaking classified documents to Qatar.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK