An Egyptian court sentenced at least 528 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death on 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.
While the official MENA news agency reported 528 death sentences, other Egyptian media said 529 people were sentenced to death.
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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.