Egypt sentences 683 Morsi supporters to death
An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 682 supporters to death, a lawyer and prosecutor said.
Badie and the 682 other supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi faced charges relating to an attack on a police station last year.
In a separate case, the same court also reversed 492 death sentences out of 529 it passed in March, commuting most of the death sentences to life in prison, the AFP news agency reported.
Monday\’s hearing in the southern province of Minya comes amid a brutal crackdown on Morsi supporters and the Brotherhood since the military overthrew him last July.
The court has come under the spotlight after the same judge in March sentenced the 529 defendants to death in just two sessions.
The second batch, including Badie, had faced charges of the murder and attempted murder of several policemen during rioting by Morsi supporters in Minya on August 14.