EGYPT COURT SENTENCES 75 TO DEATH OVER DEADLY 2013 PROTESTS
September 8, 2018:
Cairo Criminal Court has sentenced 75 protesters to death, 47 life sentences, and heavy prison sentences ranging from 15 to five years to 612 people in a mass trial over a 2013 protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood. In August 2013 up to 900 people were killed in Rabaa and nearby al Nahda square by security services after they gathered to demonstrate against the coup which had removed the elected president Mohamed Morsi. (Sources: independent.co.uk, 08/09/2018)
At what was initially intended to be a sit-in protest, the mood soon turned violent after Egyptian police moved to disperse the camps. The government said many protesters were armed and that eight members of the security forces were killed.
For executions to take place, president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi must issue a final approval.