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Egypt court sentences 529 to death

People walk past an Egyptian army tank positioned outside Cairo's Tora prison on 23 March 2014The authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mohammed Morsi was removed in July

A court in Egypt has sentenced to death 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacking police.

The group, members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, are part of a larger trial involving more than 1,200 Morsi supporters.

Egyptian authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mr Morsi was removed in July.

Thousands have been arrested and hundreds killed.

The court in Minya, south of the capital, Cairo, issued its ruling after only two sessions in which the defendants’ lawyers complained they had no chance to present their case, the Associated Press news agency reports.

The alleged attacks are said to have taken place in southern Egypt in August after security forces broke up two Cairo protest camps of Morsi supporters demanding his reinstatement.

In the backlash that followed, hundreds of people were killed.

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