Over 500 sentenced to death in killing of lone police officer

A court in Egypt sentenced 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to death convicting them of murder for the killing of a police officer in the rioting last summer in the city of Minya.

According to an article on CNN, "the Minya court has been criticized for taking just two sessions to reach its verdict against the 529 people convicted."

The Egyptian news organization Ahram Online said the court had issued its verdict "-- the biggest capital punishment verdict in the history of the Egyptian judiciary -- without hearing the defense arguments."
El-Komi told CNN his team of lawyers weren't allowed inside the courtroom.
He said they didn't have any time to plead the case or review the evidence as the first procedural session was on Saturday, before being postponed until Monday -- when the verdict was issued. One defendant told CNN he hadn't been summoned for questioning by the prosecution or by the court for the trial.
The man, who requested anonymity, said he hadn't been in Minya during the incident.


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