CAIRO: Death sentences were upheld against five defendants allegedly belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood on charges of killing 11 police officers and mutilating their bodies in Kerdasa police station of Giza in August 2013.
The five defendants were among those sentenced to death in absentia in February. However, the five were arrested and retried in April and the controversial presiding judge Nagy Shehata gave them death penalties.
Monday’s court ruling was upheld after taking the Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam’s consultative opinion. The ruling can be appealed.
According to the investigations, the defendants face charges of the storming the police station in Kerdasa in August 2013, following the dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Rabaa and Nahda squares in Cairo. Hundreds of MB members and supporters were killed in the dispersal.
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.
In another case, 22 other defendants, allegedly also belonging to the Brotherhood, were sentenced to death April 20 on charges of storming and burning the Kerdasa police station on July 3, 2013 when former President Mohamed Morsi, who belongs to the Brotherhood, was ousted by the military.