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Morsi supporters sentenced to death in Egypt

Published 29/03/2014 | 22:49

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
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.

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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