Egyptian court orders death penalty to 529 Muslim Brotherhood members

Sydney, Mar. 24: Egyptian court has reportedly sentenced 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death on charges including murder.

Clashes erupted in the southern province of Minya following the forced dispersal of two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo on August 14.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, defence lawyer Ahmed al-Sharif said that the court has decided to sentence death to 529 defendants and 16 have been acquitted on charges including violence, inciting murder, storming a police station, attacking persons and damaging public and private property.

Only 123 defendants were reportedly present, with the rest either released, out on bail or on the run.

Although the Muslim Brotherhood claims that it is a peaceful movement, the government has declared it as a ‘terrorist group’.

Security forces have reportedly killed hundreds of Brotherhood members in the street, and arrested thousands of others.

Political turmoil deepened in Egypt since last July when the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, the report added. (ANI)