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    Egypt Sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood Members to Death

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    Death sentences for Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of police killings in 2013 were upheld by court in Egypt.

    MOSCOW, February 2 (Sputnik) — Court in Egypt decided to uphold death sentences for 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters accused of police killings in 2013, according to AFP.

    A total of 188 people received preliminary death sentences in December for their alleged roles in the lynching of a group of policemen that took place in August 2013 in the town of Kerdassa, located on the western outskirts of Cairo, AAP points out.

    However, one of the accused was sentenced to 10 years in prison due to his young age, two defendants were declared not guilty, and the charges against another two were dismissed due to their deaths.

    The lynching occurred after locals stormed the police station in Kerdassa, apparently enraged by police brutality during dispersal of Islamist protests that occurred earlier.

    According to AAP, over 800 people were killed when police broke up a camp of pro-Morsi protesters in eastern Cairo.

    The tragic events took place about six weeks after the then-President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown during a coup led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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