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Egyptian court orders retrial in mass death sentence case

03 February 2016, 20:54

Cairo — An Egyptian court has ordered a retrial in a case in which 149 people were sentenced to death for allegedly storming a police station in 2013 and killing 11 policemen and two civilians.

Egypt's highest court, the Court of Cassation, on Wednesday ordered the retrial of the case, which was one of several mass death sentences issued in the country in recent years.

Also Read: Egypt court overturns death sentences for 149 pro-Islamists

The defendants are alleged to have stormed a police station in the town of Kerdasa, close to the pyramids at Giza, in the aftermath of the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, an act of anti-state violence later used to justify a widespread crackdown on Morsi's supporters.

After their murder, the policemen's bodies were mutilated, with one doused in acid and another scalped.

- AP

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