March 24, 2014
An Egyptian court sentenced to death 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood on Monday on a variety of charges, including murdering a police officer and attacking police, according to reports published this morning.
Among the accused are several key figures of deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, one of whom is spiritual leader Mohammed Badie.
Since last July, when the national army deposed Morsi — Egypt’s first elected and civilian president — political turmoil has enveloped the nation of roughly 80 million. Hundreds of Brotherhood members have been killed and thousands more arrested.
Monday’s announcement is likely to worsen Islamist-secular tension.