Egyptian court sentences 20 to death for killing policemen in 2013

July 3, 2017

CAIRO :  An Egyptian court sentenced on Sunday 20 people to death over charges of murdering 12 police officers in 2013, state-run MENA news agency reported. 

Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood militants stormed the main police station in Kerdasa district of Giza governorate in August 14, 2013, killing 12 policemen. 

The assault took place shortly after police forces cracked down on two main sit-in camps in Cairo and Giza governorates, where protesters gathered to support Mohamed Morsi, the former Islamist president who was toppled by the army in July 2013. 

Cairo Criminal Court in April has turned the documents of the defendants to the Grand Mufti, the country's interpreter of religious law, to give religious advice on the death sentences, the report said. 

A number of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood members, including high ranking officials, have been sentenced to death. However, the sentences have not been carried out pending appeals. 

Many of the group's members and supporters, including Morsi, are currently jailed awaiting trials over accusations of inciting violence, conspiring with foreign powers to destabilize Egypt and killing protesters. Enditem 

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