Egypt sentences 75 people to death over 2013 sit-in

Convicts accused of security-related offences, including incitement to violence, murder and organising illegal protests

Cairo: Egypt sentenced to death 75 people, including prominent Islamist leaders, on Saturday over a 2013 pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-in which ended with the killing of hundreds of protesters by security forces.

Others being tried in the case — including the Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Mohammad Badie — were handed life sentences, judicial sources said.

Those being sentenced are accused of security-related offences including incitement to violence, murder and organising illegal protests.

Rights groups have criticised the mass trial of more than 700 people in what has become known as the ‘Rabaa case’, after Rabaa Adawiya square where the sit-in took place in Cairo.

Those sentenced to death by hanging include senior Brotherhood leaders Essam Al Erian and Mohammad Beltagi and prominent Islamist preacher Safwat Higazi, the sources said.

The dispersal of the sit-in in August 2013 came weeks after President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi, then military chief, ousted Islamist president Mohammad Mursi after protests against Brotherhood rule.


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