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Egypt upholds death sentence for 12

By on August 6, 2014

An Egyptian court upheld death sentences on Wednesday against 12 Muslim Brotherhood supporters convicted of killing a police officer last year, judicial sources said.

The men were charged in connection with violence that erupted when police stormed the town of Kerdasa near Cairo in September and arrested dozens of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

Seven of those sentenced to death were present in court when the judge read the ruling. The remaining five are on the run. The defendants still have the right to appeal the ruling.

Nine other defendants were sentenced to life in prison, the judicial sources said.

Sisi, who took office as president in June, has said the Brotherhood would cease to exist in his presidency.

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