Egypt sentences 75 people to death over 2013 sit-in

Published: September 8, 2018
SHARES
Email
75 people sentenced to death in Egypt.PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

75 people sentenced to death in Egypt.PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

CAIRO: Egypt sentenced to death 75 people, including prominent Islamic leaders, on Saturday over a 2013 pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-in which ended with the killing of hundreds of protesters by security forces.

Others being tried in the case, including Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohamed Badie, were handed life sentences, judicial sources said. Those being sentenced are accused of security-related offences including incitement to violence, murder and organising illegal protests.

Egypt to extend state of emergency for three months

Rights groups have criticised the mass trial of more than 700 people in what has become known as the Rabaa case, after Rabaa Adawiya square where the sit-in took place in Cairo.

Those sentenced to death by hanging include senior Brotherhood leaders Essam al Erian and Mohamed Beltagi and prominent Islamic preacher Safwat Higazi, the sources said. The dispersal of the sit-in in August 2013 came weeks after President Abdel Fattah al Sisi, then military chief, ousted president Mohamed Mursi after protests against
Brotherhood rule.

Amnesty International says more than 800 protesters were killed. The government has said many protesters were armed, and that 43 police were killed. Since Sisi took power in 2014, authorities have justified a
crackdown on dissent and freedoms as being directed at terrorists and saboteurs trying to undermine the state.

Death sentences have been handed down to hundreds of his political opponents on charges such as belonging to an illegal organisation or planning to carry out an attack.

Facebook Conversations

Leave Your Reply Below

Your comments may appear in The Express Tribune paper. For this reason we encourage you to provide your city. The Express Tribune does not bear any responsibility for user comments.

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. For more information, please see our Comments FAQ.

More in Pakistan