CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 10 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death in absentia yesterday but postponed sentencing of its leader and other senior members tried in the case, judicial sources said.
Those sentenced were convicted on charges including inciting violence and blocking a major road north of Cairo during protests after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last July.
All 10 were assumed to be in hiding amid a state crackdown on the group since Mursi’s ouster. One of those sentenced was Abdul Rahman Al Barr, a member of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Council, the movement’s executive board.
Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud, a well-known Salafi preacher who fled to Qatar after Mursi was toppled, was also sentenced in absentia.
Death sentence recommendations in Egypt are passed on to the country’s grand mufti, the highest religious authority, for his review. The court can ignore his opinion and its rulings can be appealed.
Judge Hassan Fareed said the verdict for the rest of the defendants would be announced at a hearing on July 5.
Those 38 defendants include the Islamist movement’s General Guide Mohamed Badie and senior member Mohamed El Beltagy, along with former ministers from Mursi’s government.
“Down with the military court!” shouted the defendants in the courtroom.