CAIRO: Minya Criminal Court (Upper Egypt) sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death and acquitted 17 others on Monday over charges of attacking a police station and killing its deputy head.
The court presided by judge Said Youssef referred the defendants’ verdict to Grand Mufti Shawqi Alaam for consideration. According to Egypt’s Criminal Code, the verdicts of death penalties shall be referred to the grand mufti to determine if the defendants deserve the death sentence. However, the mufti’s judgment is consultative and the court has the freedom to neglect it.
The defendants are charged with attacking the police station of Matai City in Minya governorate, killing the deputy head of the police station Colonel Mustafa Ragab, attempting to murder a second officer and policeman, opening fire and stealing guns from the station on August 14, 2013, Youm7 reported.
The government designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group on December 25, 2013, a day after a bombing targeted the Dakahlia Security Directorate leaving 15 death and 134 injured.