Egypt sentences 4 Muslim Brothers to death

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Posted: Dec 07, 2014 2:08 PM

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has issued provisional death sentences to four Muslim Brotherhood figures pending the opinion of the country's top religious authority.

The case stems from clashes near the Brotherhood's headquarters on June 30, 2013, four days before the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The fighting left 11 people dead and 91 wounded. The men are accused of murder and possession of firearms, among other charges.

A final verdict is expected Feb. 28. The accused include Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and his deputy Khairat al-Shater, but neither were among the four sentenced to death. Badie was sentenced to death in another case.

Some 22,000 people have been arrested since Morsi's ouster, including most of the Brotherhood's leaders, as well as non-Islamist activists swept up by police during protests.