Egypt court confirms 20 death sentences over police killings

An Egyptian court on Monday upheld death

sentences for 20 Islamists convicted of killing 13 policemen during violent

unrest after the military overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The verdict is final and cannot be appealed, a judicial official said.

On August 14, 2013, a month after Morsi was overthrown by the army,

security forces forcibly dispersed two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo in an

operation that killed more than 700 people.

Hours later, a furious crowd attacked a police station in the Cairo suburb

of Kerdassa, where 13 policemen were killed.

Egypt's courts have sentenced hundreds of people to death or lengthy jail

terms over the unrest, including Morsi and several leaders of his Muslim

Brotherhood movement.

The same court on Monday sentenced 80 people to 25-year prison terms and a

further 34 to 15 years each in jail over the Kerdassa incident. It also

acquitted 21 defendants.

Earlier this month an Egyptian court upheld death sentences against 75

people in one of the largest mass trials since the 2011 that toppled longtime

president Hosni Mubarak.

Former armed forces chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the presidency in 2014

after leading the ouster of Morsi following mass protests against the

Islamist's rule.

Sisi won re-election with 97 percent of the vote in March this year,

against a single opponent widely seen as a token challenger.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)