EGYPT: COURT GIVES DEATH SENTENCE TO 'JEWISH' ISLAMISTS
June 1, 2014: An Egyptian court that sentenced to death 37¬†Islamists and handed life terms to 492 others defended its verdict¬†on Sunday (June 1st),¬†saying the men were "demons" who followed Jewish scripture.
The court in the central city of Minya had triggered international outrage¬†earlier this year for sentencing to death hundreds of alleged supporters of¬†ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in two separate mass trials which only¬†lasted minutes.
In one trial in March, 529 were sentenced to death for the killing of a¬†police officer but the court later upheld the sentencing against only 37 of them, while the rest were jailed for life.
In a statement¬†Sunday¬†to justify its decision, the court said: "The accused¬†came out of the depths of hell... to plunder Egypt's wealth, terrorize its¬†people and they killed the deputy commissioner."
It described the men as "enemies of the nation" who used mosques to promote¬†the teachings of "their holy book, the Talmud," the central scripture of¬†Judaism.
The military toppled Morsi in July last year, following mass protests¬†against his year in power, and security forces launched a crackdown on his supporters, killing hundreds and arresting thousands more.
In April, the same court in Minya handed the death penalty to 683 people it¬†said were supporters of Morsi, accusing them of murder and the attempted murder¬†of policemen.
Judges are due to confirm the 683 death sentences on¬†June 21. (Sources: israelnationalnews.com, 06/01/2014)