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Mass death sentences are usually associated with regimes like those of Adolf Hitler's Nazis or Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. But Egypt's military rulers have now joined the ranks of such regimes, staging circus-like trials in which the outcome is foreordained. One such trial, in March 2014, produced 529 death sentences. Last month, 107 people – including Mohammad Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president – were handed death sentences for their alleged role in a mass "prison break" during the January 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak. Overall, civilian courts have handed down more than 1,000 death sentences since Egypt's military overthrew Morsi in July 2013 .The brutal policies of Egypt's hawks have also transformed the opposition.In fact, anger among younger members has become so acute that the Brotherhood has allegedly changed some 65 percent of its leadership, according to Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, the head of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Administrative Office Abroad (a new body that organizes the thousands of Brotherhood members now in exile).
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