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Egypt court docket upholds loss of life sentences for 12 over 2013 sit-in

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest felony court docket Monday upheld the loss of life sentence for 12 individuals concerned in a 2013 protest by Islamists, together with leaders of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, state media reported.

The 12 had been convicted and sentenced in a mass trial in 2018 for involvement in a sit-in protest that was violently dispersed by safety forces in an operation that left a whole lot lifeless. The case resulted in 739 individuals being convicted on an array of prices starting from homicide to damaging property.

The Courtroom of Cassation additionally overturned loss of life sentences for 31 others in the identical case, giving them life imprisonment as an alternative, the MENA information company reported.

The court docket upheld life sentences for the top of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, and 46 others. Additionally upheld Monday had been 15-year jail phrases for 374 defendants and 10-year imprisonments for 23 others.

All the sentences, which the court docket thought-about on enchantment, are closing.

The sit-in at a sq. in a Cairo suburb was staged by supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who was a member of the Brotherhood. He grew to become Egypt’s first freely elected president in 2012 however was ousted in July 2013 by the army following days of avenue protests calling on him to step down.

It’s broadly believed that breaking apart that sit-in and one other one in Cairo additionally staged by Islamists left an estimated 900 individuals lifeless. Following the dispersals, Islamists attacked and torched police stations and church buildings throughout the nation.

The 2018 court docket ruling included loss of life sentences for 75 defendants, together with 44 who had been jailed and 31 at giant, in a mass trial that drew scathing criticism from rights teams at house and overseas.

Defendants who had been tried and sentenced in absentia by the Cairo Prison Courtroom will probably be retried as soon as arrested.

A number of mass trials of Islamists that yielded dozens of loss of life sentences have been held in Egypt in recent times. Among the loss of life sentences have been overturned on enchantment.

Philip Luther, Amnesty Worldwide’s analysis and advocacy director for the Center East and North Africa, stated Monday’s verdict got here after a big spike in executions in Egypt in 2020, making it the world’s third most frequent executioner with 107 executions.

“These ruthless loss of life sentences, which had been handed down in 2018 after a grossly unfair mass trial, are a stain on the status of Egypt’s highest appeals court docket and forged a darkish shadow over the nation’s total justice system,” he stated.

At the very least 51 women and men have been executed this 12 months to this point, he stated.

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