Published: Tue, September 11, 2018

Egypt sentences 75 former members of Muslim Brotherhood to death

Egypt sentences 75 former members of Muslim Brotherhood to death

On Saturday, after the sentences were handed out Amnesty International condemned the court's trial "disgraceful", for imprisoning peaceful protestors and journalists.

Of the 75 defendants facing the death penalty, 44 were in the dock while the rest were tried in absentia.

Moreover; it handed down a 10-year imprisonment against the son of former MB president Mohamed Morsi, Osama.

"This can only be described as a parody of justice; it casts a dark shadow over the integrity of Egypt's entire system of justice, and makes a mockery of due process", Najia Bounaim, director of campaign in North Africa at Amnesty International, said in June.

It concluded the mass trial of almost 700 people accused of various offences - including murder and inciting violence - during a pro-Muslim Brotherhood protest on Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo on August 14, 2013.

Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was awarded a UN World Press Freedom Prize this year.

Prominent members and politicians in the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood organisation were among those sentenced to life, including its Supreme Guide, Mohammed Badie.


Procedures will now start for releasing Shawkan, 30, because he has already served more than five years in pre-trial detention, judicial sources said.

The rights watchdog called for a retrial in front of an "impartial court".

About 700 people were killed within hours at Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda Square where another sit-in was being held.

The army, directed by current Egyptian President Abdel al-Fattah al-Sisi, subsequently launched a major crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, arresting thousands of its proponents who have since been jailed on charges ranging from organizing illegal protests to murder.

Egypt's courts have sentenced hundreds of them to death or lengthy jail terms after other speedy mass trials, including Morsi and several leaders of his Brotherhood movement.

The Egyptian government says many protesters were armed and that eight members of the security forces were killed in the 2013 incident.

It said the verdicts were "a mockery of justice", since "not a single police officer has been brought to account". He became Egypt's first freely elected president in 2012 but was ousted in July 2013 by the military following days of street protests calling on him to step down. He won re-election in March with 97 per cent of the vote against a single opponent widely seen as a token challenger.

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