An Egyptian court has recommended the death sentence for the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters, and handed down a final capital punishment ruling for 37 others, judicial sources said on Monday.
Seeking the death penalty for Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood’s general guide, is certain to raise tension in Egypt, which has been gripped by turmoil since the army removed the Brotherhood from power last year.
The 37 death sentences were part of a final judgement on 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters who were sentenced to death last month. The remaining defendants were sentenced to life in jail.
Update: As predicted.
Via The Hill:
The White House said it was “troubled” by an Egyptian court that sentenced hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters to death on Monday, the second of such mass sentences recently.
“Today’s verdict, like the one last month, defies even the most basic standards of international justice,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. “The Egyptian government has the responsibility to ensure that every citizen is afforded due process, including the right to a fair trial in which evidence is clearly presented and access to an attorney.”
The convictions stemmed from a violent riot in the Egyptian city of Minya during which a police officer was killed, according to CNN. Mohammed Badie, the leader of the Muslim Bortherhood, was among the 683 Egyptians sentenced to death.
The White House called on Egyptian leaders to “take a stand against this illogical action and dangerous precedent, recognizing that the repression of peaceful dissent will fuel the instability and radicalization that Egypt says it wishes to prevent.”
(Weasel Zippers) -- Keep in mind Badie helped orchestrate a campaign of violence against Egypt’s Christians that killed scores and left churches throughout the country in ruins.