Muslim Brotherhood's senior member Mohamed El-Beltagi sits behind the bars during a court session in Cairo, Egypt, December 2, 2018
Muslim Brotherhood's senior member Mohamed El-Beltagi sits behind the bars during a court session in Cairo, Egypt, December 2, 2018
Photo: Reuters
Muslim Brotherhood's senior member Mohamed El-Beltagi sits behind bars during a court session in Cairo, Egypt, December 2, 2018

Egypt upholds death sentence for 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood figures

Ruling relates to mass trial of hundreds of suspects accused of murder and incitement of violence during pro-Brotherhood protests in Cairo in the weeks after then-president Morsi's overthrow

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Published: 06.14.21, 21:02
Egypt's highest civilian court on Monday upheld death sentences against 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood figures over a 2013 sit-in which ended with security forces killing hundreds of protesters, judicial sources said.
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  • The ruling, which cannot be appealed against, means the 12 men could face execution pending approval by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. They include Abdul Rahman Al-Bar, commonly described as the group's mufti or top religious scholar, Mohamed El-Beltagi, a former member of parliament, and Osama Yassin, a former minister.
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    Muslim Brotherhood's senior member Mohamed El-Beltagi sits behind the bars during a court session in Cairo, Egypt, December 2, 2018
    Muslim Brotherhood's senior member Mohamed El-Beltagi sits behind the bars during a court session in Cairo, Egypt, December 2, 2018
    Muslim Brotherhood's senior member Mohamed El-Beltagi sits behind bars during a court session in Cairo, Egypt, December 2, 2018
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Many Muslim Brotherhood figures have been sentenced to death in other cases related to the unrest that followed the military's ousting of Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, but the Court of Cassation ordered retrials.
    Monday's ruling relates to a mass trial of hundreds of suspects accused of murder and incitement of violence during pro-Brotherhood protests at Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo in the weeks after Morsi's overthrow.
    In September 2018, an Egyptian criminal court sentenced 75 people to death and issued varying jail terms for more than 600 others. Many defendants were tried in absentia.
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    נשיא מצרים המודח מוחמד מורסי מת בבית המשפט 2019
    נשיא מצרים המודח מוחמד מורסי מת בבית המשפט 2019
    Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi
    (Photo: MCT)
    Forty-four of those sentenced to death appealed to the Court of Cassation. Thirty-one had their sentences changed to life in prison, while death sentences were upheld for 12 others.
    A final defendant, the senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam el-Erian, died in prison in Cairo in August 2020. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, died in prison in 2019.
    The court also upheld jail terms for many other defendants including a life sentence for Mohamed Badie, leader of the outlawed Brotherhood, and a 10-year jail term for Morsi's son Osaama, the judicial sources said.
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     נשיא מצרים המודח מוחמד מורסי בשנת 2012 במהלך מצעד ב כיכר תחריר
     נשיא מצרים המודח מוחמד מורסי בשנת 2012 במהלך מצעד ב כיכר תחריר
    Pro-Brotherhood protestors march in Cairo after Morsi's death in 2019
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The break-up of the Rabaa sit-in was the single most deadly incident in unrest following Egypt's 2011 uprising.
    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the 2018 sentencing as "the result of an unfair trial" which could result in "a gross and irreversible miscarriage of justice".
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