Five Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death

The Giza Criminal Court condemns five Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death in a retrial

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Five Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death on Monday by the Giza criminal court for purportedly attacking a police station in Kerdasa, a town in Egypt's Giza province, for allegedly killing 11 policeman, attempting to kill ten others, burning police vehicles and possessing of heavy weaponry, the Anadolu Agency has reported.

"After arresting the five suspects, a retrial was held in accordance with the Egyptian law, which concluded with an aforementioned sentence," a source told Anadolu Agency. 

The 2013 attack on the Kerdasa police station came shortly after Egyptian security forces had violently dispersed two major sit-ins staged by Morsi supporters in Cairo, killing hundreds of protesters in the process.

On May 1, an Egyptian court found five Morsi supporters guilty of attending demonstrations in support of the Muslim Brotherhood, and sentenced each of them to 18 years in jail.

Hundreds of Morsi’s supporters have been given death sentences or jail terms after often speedy mass trials.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, who was toppled in a July 2013 military ouster led by current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, then head of the armed forces, was sentenced to 20-year prison on April 21.

Sisi's government was quick to launch a violent crackdown on peaceful protests against the ouster of Morsi, labeling the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and its supporters as terrorists. 

The United Nations slammed the Egyptian Criminal Court after Morsi’s trial in April while Amnesty International, among other rights groups, has denounced the mass trials and the heavy-handed measures taken by the Egyptian government against protesters and Morsi supporters.

TRTWorld and agencies