4 MB leaders sentenced to death for killing 9 protesters
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CAIRO: Four Muslim Brotherhood leaders were sentenced to death on charges of inciting violence against killing, murdering attempt against protesters in which 9 demonstrators were killed and 91 other injured in March 2013, Youm7 reported.

The Cairo Criminal court referred papers of defendants Rahim Mohammed Abdul Rahim, Reda Fahmy, Mustafa Abdel Azim Bashmawi, and Mohammed Abdel Azim Bashmawi to the Grand Mufti Shawqi Alaam for his advisory opinion on the sentence.

The presiding judge Moataz Khafagy did not reveal the legal reasons of the death sentence.

Former MB Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei, his deputy Khairat al-Shater are being tried in this case with other 11 defendants. The court set Feb. 28, 2015 to pronounce its final verdict against the four conceited members and the rest of the defendants.

On Dec. 2, the Giza Criminal Court handed down an initial verdict of the death sentence against 188 defendants after they were convicted of killing 11 police officers whose bodies were mutilated in 2013 in Kerdasa. The court is scheduled to issue its ruling Jan. 24.

Alleged militant jihadist Adel Habara, 40, along with six co-defendants were sentenced to death in the case known as Rafah Second Massacre, in which 25 junior policemen were killed in northern Sinai in August 2013.

The Egyptian courts have already witnessed two mass trials that also ended with mass death sentences for some 1,200 defendants in different cases before a court in Minya. The two cases were challenged, where the number of the defendants, mostly tried in absentia, was reduced in one of them, and the judge was removed from the court.

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