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Egypt orders 504 Islamists to face mass tribunal

February 24, 2014
Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have ordered more than 500 supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to face a mass tribunal on violence charges.

Thousands of Morsi supporters have been arrested, killed and injured in a heavy crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood since the Islamist leader was toppled on July 3. The Muslim Brotherhood has been labeled a terrorist organization and its assets have been confiscated.

On Monday, Egypt's main prosecutor Hisham Barakat referred 504 of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters to the Cairo Criminal Court on charges ranging from murder and using violence during deadly clashes that broke out during Aug. 16 demonstrations.

The events came two days after the military-backed government razed sprawling protest camps, killing hundreds of people and sparking days of unrest.



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