20 death sen­tences given in Egypt at­tack

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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