Egyptian court recommends death sentences for leader of Muslim Brotherhood, supporters

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The court handed down a final ruling of capital punishment for 37 others.

Relatives mourned and protested the innocence of their loved ones.

MINYA, EGYPT (NBC) - An Egyptian court recommended death sentences for the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters.

The court handed down a final ruling of capital punishment for 37 others.

Security forces manned checkpoints around the court Monday as family members gathered outside.

Relatives mourned and protested the innocence of their loved ones.

Egypt has been gripped by turmoil since the military removed President Mohammed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood Party, from power last year.

The 37 death sentences were part of a final judgment on 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters who were sentenced to death last month.

The remaining defendants were sentenced to life in prison.

The charges stem from violence last year after a crackdown by security forces on Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Egypt.


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