An Egyptian court sentences 22 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death over an attack on a police station in 2013. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
An Egyptian court sentences 22 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death Monday, over an attack on a police station in a district outside Cairo in 2013. The attack was part of a wave of violence that rocked the country after the army removed elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from power following mass protests against his rule in June 2013. In addition to the death sentence, presiding Judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata says the accused will pay for their crimes. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PRESIDING JUDGE, MOHAMED NAGY SHEHATA, SAYING: "Death for the crimes that they were accused of. The court also obliges the absent and present defendants to pay the expenses of this criminal trial." Sources tell Reuters one other defendant, who is a juvenile, was given a 10 year sentence. The defendants were convicted of murder, attempted murder, and the destruction of public facilities, among other charges during an attack on a police station in which one policeman was killed. The convicted men say they will appeal. Thousands of suspected members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been jailed and hundreds sentenced to death. The government says the outlawed Brotherhood is a major security threat, but the Brotherhood says it does not condone violence.