Egypt sentences 75 to death over Rabaa protests

September 8, 2018 Off By Web Desk

In Egypt, a court has sentenced 75 people to death, including senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood over a 2013 sit-in protest in Cairo that ended with the killing of hundreds of protesters.

Senior Brotherhood leaders Essam el-Erian and Mohamed Beltagi were sentenced to death, while Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood’s spiritual leader was handed a life sentence.

Those sentenced today are accused of security-related offences, including incitement to violence and organising illegal protests.

On August 14, 2013, police dispersed a mass sit-in protest in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square. The security forces killed more than 800 people in a matter of hours.

The protest was staged by supporters of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first elected president and Muslim Brotherhood leader, who was overthrown by the military a few weeks earlier.

Source: Radio Pakistan