CAIRO: Families of defendants of the 683 accused Muslim Brotherhood members gathered in protest outside the Minya Criminal Court Sunday to denounce their death sentence.
The sentence of the group, which includes the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, to death and referring the case to the mufti of Azhar, reported Youm7.
Per Egyptian law, the mufti must review and offer an opinion on all death sentences before they are finalized. The cases are also eligible for appeal.
Security forces intensified their presence around the court after the verdict has been issued and prevented the defendants’ families who gathered at the court.
The head of the Criminal investigation at Minya security Directorate Hisham Nasr asserted that the response of the security forces would be “strict” towards anyone who incites chaos or sabotage.
“Security in Minya will return better than before,” he added.
The Minya court also issued a final sentence of death to 38 to death, and sentenced 490 others to 25 years in prison Monday; the 528 were originally sentenced to death on charges of killing the deputy head of the Matai police station in Minya Aug. 14, 2013, although 382 were tried in absentia.
Additionally reporting Hassan Abdel Ghafar