Egypt sentences 180 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death

Egypt has sentenced more than 180 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death over a 2013 attack on a police station near Cairo.

London: Egypt has sentenced more than 180 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death over a 2013 attack on a police station near Cairo.

The attack had killed at least 11 officers in the village of Kerdasa on 14 August 2013 and took place on the same day as Egyptian security forces broke up protest camps set up by Brotherhood supporters, killing hundreds, reported the BBC.

The sentence is subject to the opinion of Egypt`s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti. A final verdict is due on 24 January, after which defendants may appeal.

Hundreds of death sentences have been passed as part of a crackdown on Islamist supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi.

Morsi, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, had been ousted from office by the military following mass demonstrations against him. He was succeeded by President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, a former military chief, who has received flak for his crackdown on the Islamists. 

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