Egypt sentences 75 to death

Photographer Mahmoud Abu Zaid in a cage in Cairo.   | Photo Credit: Roger Anis

An Egyptian court on Saturday issued death sentences for 75 people, including prominent Islamist leaders, and jailed more than 600 others over a 2013 sit-in, which ended with the killing of hundreds of protesters by security forces.

The sentencing concluded the mass trial of some 700 people accused of offences, including murder and inciting violence, during the pro-Muslim Brotherhood protest at Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo.

The government has said many protesters were armed and that eight members of the security forces were killed.

But rights groups claim more than 800 protesters died in the single most deadly incident during the unrest that followed Egypt’s 2011 popular uprising. Amnesty International condemned Saturday’s decision, calling the trial “disgraceful”.

The court sentenced to death by hanging prominent Islamists, including senior Brotherhood leaders Essam al-Erian and Mohamed Beltagi and preacher Safwat Higazi. Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohamed Badie and dozens more were given life sentences. Others received jail sentences ranging from five to 15 years.

Award-winning photographer Mahmoud Abu Zeid, who covered the protests, was sentenced to five years in jail, but would soon be released as his five years in detention during the trial will be counted towards the sentence, judicial sources said.

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