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Morsi supporters sentenced to death in Egypt

Published 29/03/2014 | 22:49

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Supporters of former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi, standing trial on charges of violence that broke out in Alexandria last year, react after two fellow supporters were sentenced to death, in a court in Alexandria, March 29, 2014. The Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced two supporters of former President Mohamed Mursi to death for committing murder during violence that broke out in Alexandria last year after the army deposed the Islamist head of state. The two men - Mahmoud Ramadan and Abdullah el-Ahmedi - were standing trial on charges that included throwing youths from the roof of a building in the Mediterranean city. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. EGYPT OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN EGYPT
Supporters of former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi, standing trial on charges of violence that broke out in Alexandria last year, react after two fellow supporters were sentenced to death

Egypt's state news agency says an Alexandria court has sentenced two supporters of President Mohammed Morsi to death in connection with violence that followed the ouster of the Islamist president.

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The agency said the court yesterday found the men guilty of murder for throwing two people off a building in the coastal city during mass protests demanding Morsi's reinstatement.

The incident came two days after Morsi's July 3 ousting. Footage repeatedly aired on national TV showed one of the defendants roaming the roof raising a black flag often used by militants. At least 16 others were killed that day. Authorities have since intensified a crackdown on Morsi supporters, dispersing protests and detaining thousands.

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