An Egyptian court has ruled 75 people must be executed for their involvement in a sit-in protest by Islamists in 2013 which was broken up by security forces, leaving at least 600 people dead.
Those convicted, in a case involving 739 defendants, included senior leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Charges ranged from murder to damaging property. The court in Cairo sentenced the head of the Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, and 46 others to life in prison.
The sit-in at a square in a Cairo suburb was staged by supporters of Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood stalwart.
He became Egypt’s first freely elected President in 2012 but was ousted a year later by the military, then led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
One of Mr Morsi’s sons, Osama, was among 22 defendants who received 10-year jail terms. A total of 374 people were sentenced to 15 years and 215 to five years. The convictions can be subject to appeal.
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