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Cairo: An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 683 alleged Islamists, including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to death, a lawyer and prosecutor said.
The defendants sentenced were accused of involvement in the murder and attempted murder of policemen in the southern Minya province on August 14, the day police killed hundreds of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's supporters in clashes in Cairo
The hearing has come under the spotlight after the judge, Said Yousef Sabry, sentenced an earlier batch of 529 defendants to death in just two sessions last month. That verdict is open to appeal, but has outraged the United Nations and human rights groups.
The latest reports say 492 of those 529 sentences have been reversed, commuting most of the death sentences to life in prison