20 death sentences given in Egypt attack
CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 20 people to death for their part in the August 2013 massacre of more than a dozen policemen in a village west of Cairo.
The latest ruling caps three years of legal proceedings in the case, which in 2015 saw another court sentencing 186 people to death. An appeal against the mass death sentences was accepted last year and a retrial was ordered.
The attack in the village of Kerdassah was believed to be revenge for the deadly breakup by security forces on Aug. 14, 2013, of two sit-in protests in Cairo staged by supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, ousted a month earlier by the military after just one year in office. At least 600 Morsi supporters were killed that day.
Of the 186 people referred to trial in February 2014, 25 remain at large. Two more died while in detention. On Sunday, the court also sentenced 80 people to life imprisonment, 34 people to 15 years in prison, and a minor to 10 years.