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14 Islamists sentenced to death

Fourteen people, including the leader of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, have been sentenced to death in Egypt.

The Giza Criminal Court issued its decision today, but set an April 11 date to formally issue the ruling after consulting with the country's grand mufti.

The mufti reviews all death penalty cases, but his ruling is not binding.

The case is rooted in violence that swept the country after the military-led ousting of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, whose supporters set up large protest encampments in Cairo.

Security forces violently ended the sit-ins, killing hundreds.

In retaliation, many police stations and churches came under attack by alleged Morsi supporters.

The court convicted Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie and 13 others of orchestrating the violence.


From Belfast Telegraph