Egyptian court sentences 188 people to death for killing policemen

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced 188 people to death on charges of storming a police station in Kerdasa area, killing the officer in charge, his deputy and 12 policemen.

However, the sentence is pending the religious opinion of the Grand Mufti, so the Giza Criminal Court would convene on January 24 for the final verdict, official MENA news agency reported.

The defendants denied the charges and said they were not at the scene of the incident.

Investigations showed that Abdulsalam Bashandi, a former Muslim Brotherhood MP, organized a meeting in his house which included "some extremist elements to prepare a plan to confront the state," said MENA.

After the protesters in Rabaa and Nahda areas dispersed, the defendants gathered and used loud speakers of the mosques to call people to gather before Kerdasa police station to sabotage it.

Investigations also concluded that the defendants closed streets leading to the center of Kerdasa and attacked the police station and killed the personnel, as well as setting free those locked in the cells.

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

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