Egyptian court sentenced 10 to death to plan an attack: State News Agency

Cairo-Egyptian courts sentenced 10 members of the illegal Muslim Brotherhood to death for planning an attack on police, state news agency MENA said Sunday.

Grand Mufti, Egypt’s highest religious authority, must ratify the ruling, it said.

The accused’s identities were not disclosed and it was not possible to determine how they alleged the indictment.

Egypt modernized into the Brotherhood following the military overthrow of Islamic President Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, after a major protest against his rule in 2013. We have launched one of the biggest crackdowns in history.

The government considers the Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization. The group has long said that it is working on peaceful change.

The 10 people sentenced to death have formed a group called the “Helwan Brigade,” referring to cities in southern Cairo, MENA said. They added that they were part of a broader plan to attack police targets in the Cairo region with the aim of overthrowing the government.

Yasmine Hussein