An Egyptian court has sentenced 529 supporters of the ousted Islamist President to death for murdering a policeman and attacking the police.f ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The court in Minya issued its order after only hearings in which the defence lawyers complained of being denied a chance to fight their case.
Those convicted are part of a group of 545 defendants put to trial for killing a police officer, attempted killing of two others, attacking a police station and other violent acts. More than 150 suspects stood trial while the rest were tried in absentia. Of those on trial, sixteen were acquitted by the court. The defendants were arrested after violent demonstrations in retaliation for the police crackdown on pro-Morsi protests in Cairo that had killed hundreds of people.