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Egypt's Brotherhood says there 'can be no stability' under Sisi

A Muslim Brotherhood leader said there can be no stability and security in Egypt under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who announced Wednesday he was quitting the army to run for the presidency. "There can be no stability or security under the shadow of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the presidency," Ibrahim Munir, a member of the Brotherhood's political bureau, told AFP in phone interview from London. The Brotherhood of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, toppled by Sisi in July, has pressed ahead with waning but often deadly protests demanding the Islamist's reinstatement. se/jds/al

Sisi meets Egypt army brass to quit ahead of poll

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was in a meeting with the top military brass Wednesday at which he was expected to resign ahead of a likely presidential bid, state media reported. Interim president Adly Mansour later joined the meeting, after returning from an Arab League summit in Kuwait, the military said. Before starting the meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Sisi gathered his belongings at his office in the defence ministry, the official newspaper Al-Ahram reported on its website.

Death penalties highlight Egypt's legal war on Islamists

An Egyptian court's sentencing of 529 people to death for rioting has fixed the spotlight on a massive legal war on the Islamist opposition, with thousands in prison and hundreds more convicted in mass trials. Many of an estimated 15,000 suspects in prison are languishing without charges in overcrowded and filthy cells, rights lawyers say.

Death penalties highlight Egypt's legal war on Islamists

An Egyptian court's sentencing of 529 people to death for rioting has fixed the spotlight on a massive legal war on the Islamist opposition, with thousands in prison and hundreds more convicted in mass trials. Many of an estimated 15,000 suspects in prison are languishing without charges in overcrowded and filthy cells, rights lawyers say.

700 Egypt Islamists in court after mass death sentences

Around 700 supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, including the supreme guide of his Muslim Brotherhood movement, were Tuesday due in court, a day after 529 co-defendants were sentenced to death. The trial of more than 1,200 Islamists in the southern province of Minya comes amid a sweeping crackdown on Morsi's supporters since his overthrow by the army last July. They are accused of killing two policemen and rioting on August 14, after police killed hundreds of protesters while dispersing two Cairo protest camps.

'I am a journalist' Canadian jailed in Cairo yells out during trial

Shouting out from a metal cage, an Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo told a court Monday that he wasn't a member of an outlawed Islamist group the local government considers a terror organization. "I am a journalist. My only weapon is a camera and computer," Mohamed Fahmy yelled as the third session of his trial got underway. Fahmy's case was put over until March 31 after the cross-examination of witnesses from the prosecution, which claims the journalist and his colleagues produced footage which threatened national security.

U.S. shocked by Egypt's death sentences but still talking to government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it was shocked by death sentences handed down on 529 members of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, but said it was still talking to the Egyptian government. "We're certainly raising it with the Egyptian government ... it's a pretty shocking number," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a regular news briefing. "It defies logic that over 529 defendants could be tried in a two-day period in accordance with international standards," she said.

529 Morsi supporters sentenced to death in Egypt

An Egyptian court sentenced 529 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death on Monday after just two hearings, in the largest mass death sentencing in the country's modern history. The shock verdict by the court in the southern province of Minya, which is subject to appeal, came amid a sweeping crackdown on Morsi's supporters since his overthrow by the army last July. Washington said it was deeply concerned by the death sentences, questioning the fairness of proceedings against so many defendants lasting just two days.

529 Morsi supporters sentenced to death in Egypt

An Egyptian court sentenced 529 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death on Monday after just two hearings, in the largest mass sentencing in the country's modern history. The shock verdict by the court in the southern province of Minya came amid a sweeping crackdown on Morsi's supporters since his overthrow by the army last July. Washington said it was deeply concerned by the death sentences, questioning the fairness of proceedings against so many defendants lasting just two days.

529 Morsi backers sentenced to death in Egypt

A court ordered the execution of 529 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after only two hearings on Monday, in the largest such sentencing in Egypt's modern history. The unprecedented verdict, amid an extensive crackdown on Morsi supporters, is likely to be overturned on appeal, legal experts said. The military-installed authorities have arrested thousands of Morsi supporters and put many of them on trial since the army deposed the Islamist on July 3.
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