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Egypt upholds death sentence for 12 in policeman’s murder

File - Farag was killed in 2013 after militants opened fire on security forces near Giza.

CAIRO: An Egyptian court upheld death sentences Wednesday against 12 Muslim Brotherhood supporters convicted of killing a police officer last year, judicial sources said.

Judge Moataz Khafagy first passed the sentence against the men in June and referred the case to the country’s highest Sunni authority for approval, which is required before any execution can be carried out.

The men were charged in connection with violence that erupted when police stormed the town of Kerdasa near Cairo in September and arrested dozens of supporters of ousted President Mohammad Morsi.

Maj. Gen. Nabil Farag was shot dead when security forces exchanged fire with militants in the area.

A month earlier security forces had crushed two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo and killed hundreds of his supporters.

Then-army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi launched his crackdown on Islamists after ousting Morsi last year following mass protests against his rule.

Sisi, who assumed the presidency in June, has said the Brotherhood would cease to exist in his presidency.

Seven of those sentenced to death were present in court when the judge read the ruling. The remaining five are on the run. The defendants still have the right to appeal the ruling.

Nine other defendants were sentenced to life in prison, the judicial sources said.

The defendants present chanted “God is Greater!” when the judge read the verdict.

The men were also convicted of belonging to the Brotherhood, which was designated a terrorist organization last year.

The ruling follows the confirmation of death sentences against Mohammad Badie, the leader of the Brotherhood, and nearly 200 supporters in June.

Hundreds more suspected supporters of Morsi and his Brotherhood are awaiting final decisions after their death sentences were referred to the mufti, the top religious authority in the land. The cases have provoked outrage among rights groups and Western governments.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 07, 2014, on page 10.

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Summary

An Egyptian court upheld death sentences Wednesday against 12 Muslim Brotherhood supporters convicted of killing a police officer last year, judicial sources said.

Sisi, who assumed the presidency in June, has said the Brotherhood would cease to exist in his presidency.

The men were also convicted of belonging to the Brotherhood, which was designated a terrorist organization last year.

The ruling follows the confirmation of death sentences against Mohammad Badie, the leader of the Brotherhood, and nearly 200 supporters in June.


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