Egyptian court sentences 22 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

Published April 20th, 2015 - 12:20 GMT

An Egyptian court on Monday handed the death sentence 22 Muslim Brotherhood members, accused of involvement in a 2013 attack on a Cairo police station, reported Reuters. 

 The attack came at the heels of the army’s July 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammad Morsi, who belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Since then, Egyptian authorities have imprisoned thousands of Muslim Brotherhood affiliates and have handed over the death sentence to hundreds. 

The defendants on Monday were convicted of murder, attempted murder, and other charges during the attack, which left one policeman dead. 

While the Muslim Brotherhood insists that it does not promote violence, the Egyptian government says that the outlawed Islamist party poses a threat to national security. 

Morsi himself faces charges of espionage and is set to recieve a final verdict May 16. 


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