Egyptian court confirmed death sentence to 20

An Egyptian court on Monday confirmed death sentences for 20 Muslim Brotherhood members for burning a police station and killing a security officer in August last year.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014, 00:44 AM IST

Cairo: An Egyptian court on Monday confirmed death sentences for 20 Muslim Brotherhood members for burning a police station and killing a security officer in August last year.

The Menya Criminal court also adjourned the retrial of 161 Muslim Brotherhood members for taking part in violent clashes related to the same case, state-run MENA news agency reported.

In May this year, the court had sentenced in absentia 37 Muslim Brotherhood members to death while 492 others got life in prison sentences in the same case.

The incident took place in August last year when a crowd in Matay city in Menya Governorate had attacked and burned down a police station.

Since Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi's ouster last year, the Egyptian government has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters.

Morsi himself is currently in prison over charges of killing peaceful protesters, espionage, escaping from prison during the January 25 Revolution in 2011, insulting the judiciary and handing over documents of national security to Qatari intelligence through the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news channel.

He has not been sentenced in any case so far.