MOSCOW, March 24 (RAPSI) – In the largest mass-death sentence handed down in the country’s modern history, a court in Egypt sentenced 529 members of the Muslim brotherhood to death Monday for a variety of alleged offenses, Reuters reported.
Lawyer Ahmed al-Sharif told Reuters, "The court has decided to sentence to death 529 defendants, and 16 were acquitted." The report noted that only 123 defendants were present during the sentencing, with the others having been released, out on bail, or fleeing.
Charges against members of the group include violence, murder, attacks, storming a police station, and damaging property, according to the report.
President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian army in July. Most of the defendants were arrested following the dispersal of two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in mid-August.
Morsi’s presidential ouster was the second in about as many years.
Former president Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade reign over Egypt ended as the result of a bloody uprising in early 2011.
Upwards of 800 people were killed during the course of the protests that derailed Mubarak’s rule, including many protesters who were fired on by security forces. The uprising lasted from January 25 to February 11, 2011, at which point Mubarak resigned the presidency.
Egypt’s Supreme Military Council, which assumed control of the country following Mubarak’s resignation, promptly ordered an investigation into the protester casualties that occurred during the uprising. The fallen leader was then charged alongside his two sons with abuse of office, corruption, and in connection with the deaths of protesters during the winter uprising.