Thursday, 27 March 2014

Egypt Prosecutor Orders New Mass Trials of 919

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(CAIRO) — Egypt’s state news agency says the country’s chief prosecutor has ordered two new mass trials for 919 suspected Islamists on charges that include murder.

The new trials will be held in Minya province, south of Cairo, where a judge this week sentenced 529 defendants to death on charges of killing a police officer during an attack on a police station last summer. The verdict sparked international criticism.

In one of the new trials announced Wednesday, 715 defendants, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s top leader Mohammed Badie, are charged with killing six people and attempted murder of 51 others during attacks on state institutions on Aug. 14.

In the second trial, 204 defendants, also including Badie, face charges of inciting violence.

A court will set a date for the trials.

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