Update: 183 sentenced to death over killing of Kerdasa police officers
killing police officer Nabil Farrag - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Total 183 defendants accused of attacking and killing police officers in Giza’s Kerdasa station were sentenced to death Monday afternoon, Youm7 reported.

The Giza Criminal Court presided by Judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata gave the death sentences after taking the Grand Mufti Shawky Allam’s consultation.  The original sentence was passed Dec. 3, and was referred to the Grand Mufti for an advisory opinion.

A minor defendant was sentenced in Monday trial to 10 years in jail; while two others were acquitted. The case was dropped for other two defendants who have since died.

Of the total 183, 35 were tried in absentia. In absentia cases, once suspects are captured a retrial usually takes place with them physically present.

The defendants face charges of the storming the police station in Kerdasa in August 2013, in which 11 police officers were killed, and their bodies mutilated. A number of police vehicles were also burned.

The incidents took place after the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins of Rabaa and Nahda squares.

Shehata has also handed down death sentences to approximately 1,200 pro-MB defendants in two mass trials in Minya. However, the two cases were challenged; the number of the defendants, mostly tried in absentia, was reduced in one of them, and the Shehata was removed from the court.

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