A court in Egypt handed down 183 death sentences to people supporting the Muslim Brotherhood that has been outlawed on charges of the killing of police officers that has become part of the government’s sustained crackdown on Islamists by authorities.
The men were given death sentence after being convicted of being involved in the killing of 16 police officers in Kerdasa a town just outside of Cairo back in 2013.
That attack was carried out the same day that Egyptian security forces dismantled two huge protest camps that supported former President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi. The camps were dismantled violently as hundreds of the protesters were killed.
In December, the court issued a preliminary verdict to the defendants, of whom now two have been acquitted and another, a minor was given a sentence of 10 years behind bars.
Charges against two others were dropped after it was discovered by the court that they had died. Thirty-four of those accused were given death sentences on absentia.
The latest verdict came after the court’s initial ones were sent to the grand mufti, the official interpreter of the government of Islamic Law to be ratified.
Following the reading of the death sentences, supporters of the Brotherhood held inside metal cages shouted different profanities at the police officers.
The government’s record for human rights in Egypt has been under great scrutiny since Shaimaa Sabbagh an activist was shot and killed during a protest in Cairo January 24 a prior to the anniversary of the uprising in 2011 that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.
The death sentence came after one of the bloodiest terror attacks on security forces inside Egypt in many years. The Egypt wing of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a number of coordinated attacks that killed 27 people or more during last week.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the president of Egypt blamed the Brotherhood for the violence.
Authorities in Egypt do not put a distinction between the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and Islamic state.