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528 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death in Egypt

From Schams Elwazer, CNN
March 25, 2014 -- Updated 0026 GMT (0826 HKT)
Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsy supporters in Cairo on November 29, 2013.
Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsy supporters in Cairo on November 29, 2013.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The charges are related to riots in the city of Minya last year
  • The riots took place after security forces cracked down on protesters
  • The defendants can appeal their sentences

(CNN) -- An Egyptian court sentenced at least 528 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death Monday on charges related to violent riots in the southern Egyptian city of Minya last August, including the murder of a police officer, the country's official news agency said.

The riots took place after a deadly crackdown by security forces on two large sit-ins in Cairo, where demonstrators were supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsy.

Will Egypt carry out sentence?

While the official MENA news agency reported 528 death sentences, other Egyptian media said 529 people were sentenced to death.

Egypt in transition

The semiofficial Ahram Online news site said it was the largest set of death sentences handed to defendants in the modern history of Egypt.

Not all of the defendants are in custody, according to EgyNews. The defendants can appeal their sentences.

The court also acquitted at least 16 other defendants.

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