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Egypt hands death sentences to 10 alleged Islamists

09 luglio 2015 | 19.07
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An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced to death 10 alleged supporters of the outlawed Islamist Muslim Brotherhood over the killing of a senior judge's security guard , state daily Al-Ahram reported Thursday on its website.

The court said it would refer the death sentences to the Grand Mufti, the country's top Islamic authority, for his opinion on the matter - a requirement under Egyptian law although the assessment is not legally binding.

The death sentences can be appealed.

The 10 defendants were convicted of the February 2014 killing of a security guard to a senior judge, Hussein Kandil, in the Nile Delta province of Mansoura.

The same court in Mansoura on Thursday sentenced four Islamists to death and nine others to life in jail over violence during protests in Egypt in August 2013, a judicial source was cited as telling Al-Ahram.

The protests followed the violent dispersal of two sit-ins by Morsi loyalists and eight of the nine defendants are on the run, the paper said.

Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death in June on charges that including murder and kidnapping during a mass prison breakout in 2011.

Thousands of Morsi's supporters and loyalists have been jailed and hundreds sentenced to death in mass trials that sparked international condemnation since his ouster by the army on 3 July 2013.

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