An Egyptian court sentenced 183 supporters of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement to death on Monday over the killing of police officers during unrest in 2013.
The men were convicted of playing a role in the killings of 16 policemen in the town of Kardasa in August, 2013 during the upheaval that followed the army’s ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Thirty-four were sentenced in absentia.
After the death sentences were read out, Brotherhood supporters held in metal cages shouted profanities at policemen.
Egypt has mounted one of the biggest crackdowns in its modern history on the Brotherhood since the political demise of Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president.
Thousands of Brotherhood supporters have been arrested and put on mass trials in a campaign which human rights groups say shows the government is systematically repressing opponents.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as army chief toppled Morsi, describes the Brotherhood as a major security threat.
The movement, however, says it is committed to peaceful activism.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
Date created : 2015-02-02