528 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death in Egypt

The rise and now the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood

The rise and now the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood, it has two swords in its logo

By Schams Elwazer

CNN — An Egyptian court sentenced at least 528 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death Monday on charges related to violent riots in the southern Egyptian city of Minya last August, including the murder of a police officer, the country’s official news agency said.

The riots took place after a deadly crackdown by security forces on two large sit-ins in Cairo, where demonstrators were supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsy.

While the official MENA news agency reported 528 death sentences, other Egyptian media said 529 people were sentenced to death.

The semiofficial Ahram Online news site said it was the largest set of death sentences handed to defendants in the modern history of Egypt.

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  1. Quoting BBC

    A court in Egypt has sentenced to death 528 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

    They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property.

    The group is among some 1,200 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on trial, including senior members.

    Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mr Morsi was removed by the military in July. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested.

    The speed of the case, and the severity of the outcome, are unprecedented in Egypt, according to legal sources.

    In a case centred on the killing of a single police officer, more than 520 defendants have been sentenced to death, at a breathtaking pace.

    The first hearing – on Saturday – was quickly adjourned. At Monday’s second session, the mass death sentences were announced.

    A spokesman for the banned Muslim Brotherhood said the verdict came from a “Kangaroo court”. One human rights campaigner said judges had become a tool for taking revenge.

    In spite of claims by officials about the independence of the judiciary, critics will see this verdict as part of the state’s campaign to quash the Brotherhood.

    The ruling is expected to be appealed and several legal experts are predicting a retrial.

    They are expected to appeal.

    The verdict now goes to Egypt’s supreme religious authority, the Grand Mufti (a senior Islamic scholar), for approval or rejection, says the BBC’s Orla Guerin in Cairo.

    Campaigners say that while death sentences are often handed down in Egypt, few have been carried out in recent years.

    The final trial session will not be held until 28 April. so there is some time left before the sentence is confirmed and there will be time to appeal in that period, our correspondent adds.

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s spokesman in London, Abdullah el-Haddad, told the BBC the sentences showed that Egypt was now a dictatorship.

    “It may be just a threat message and there will be appeals to the court and the decision of the court will change, but this is the new Egypt after the coup. This is the new dictatorship that [army chief and defence minister Field Marshal] Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is trying to establish.”


  2. Gamal Abdul Nasir also punishd many of the Brotherhood members with death, including some high ranking such as Syed Qutub. Syed Qutub was well educated and he had translated and made a commentary of the Quran “Fee Zilal al Quran”.

    The Brotherhood and Jama’at Islami are the same. They believe in war type Jihad with weapons. That is easily proved. The first book that Madoodi sahib wrote in 1928 (Aljihad fee all Islam) also had a cover page (title page) showing the Quran and two swords.
    Here the name of Brotherhood is also showing the Quran with two swords. Also (shocking) is the fact that the flag of Saudi Kingdom is having Kalimah with the sword.
    I only wanted to mention here that the word “sword” is not found in the Quran at all. Any one may search and confirm the fact that “Sword” is not mentioned in the Quran.
    They are all misled people. I repeat the words of Hasan below:
    “Struggle between Ikhwani extremists and Wahabi extremists. Good riddance both.”

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