Monday, March 24, 2014

Egypt: About that Arab Spring

According to a story from the Jerusalem Post, it is not a good time to be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood:
Egyptian court sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death, lawyer says

123 of the defendants were present at sentencing, others were either released, out on bail or on the run.

An Egyptian court sentenced 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death on charges including murder on Monday, a defense lawyer said, in a sharp escalation of a crackdown on the movement.

The ruling was the biggest mass death sentence handed out in Egypt's modern history, lawyers said.

Turmoil has deepened since the army overthrew Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in July. Security forces have killed hundreds of Brotherhood members in the streets, and arrested thousands.

Most of the defendants at Monday's hearing were detained during clashes which erupted in the southern province of Minya after the forced dispersal of two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo on August 14....

There is more here. 

No word yet from POTUS.

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