Three Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death

An Egyptian court has sentenced three members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to death and awarded life imprisonment to 25 others for committing violence.

PTI| Updated: Sep 29, 2015, 11:02 AM IST

Cairo: An Egyptian court has sentenced three members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to death and awarded life imprisonment to 25 others for committing violence.

The court also sentenced 21 people to 15 years in jail and 22 others were awarded a 10-year prison term in connection with the violence in Alexandria in August 2013 following security forces' efforts to clear sit-ins.

The defendants were convicted of killing a police officer and a conscript and injuring many others.

They were found guilty of demolishing the People's council building and a police station and possessing unlicensed weapons.

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

Morsi himself and the Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie and 100 other leaders were sentenced in June to death for escaping from prison in 2011.

Badie and Morsi were also sentenced to life in prison in the espionage case.