An Egyptian court has sentenced 683 people to death in another mass trial against alleged rioters accused of murder and attempted murder of several police officers in Minya. Mohammed Badie, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is among them.
The same court had sentenced 529 people to death in march in a mass trial that lasted just two sessions. Today the court upheld 37 of these death sentences and reversed the other 492 to 25 years in prison each. In this case all the defendants had been accused of rioting and causing the death of one police officer.
These mass death sentences after brief trials reminds a totalitarian regime in a revenge mood.
The death sentence of Mohamed Badie, the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, could be seen as culminate the crackdown against the organisation. But can provoke a severe backlash, unless the Government is sure it has total control over the security in the streets.
It’s still pending the result of the trial against the toppled president Morsi. For him, the result of Badie trial is not a good precedent.
Other prominent trials like the one against the Al Jazeera team arrested five months ago, among them the Internationally known Australian Journalist Peter Greste, are also pending. All the efforts to free the three members of the Al Jazeera team accused of reporting “damaging the National Security” of Egypt have been useless till now. Their situation is highly complicated in such an environment.