Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsi supporters shout slogans during during a demonstration in Cairo on November 29, 2013.
Egypt sentences 529 people to death
02:18 - Source: CNN

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On March 24, an Egyptian court sentenced 529 people to death over violence in the city of Minya

Last August, a policeman was murdered in riots after a crackdown on pro-Morsy sit-ins

The sentences need to be approved by Egypt's Grand Mufti and can be appealed

The length of the trial and severity of the sentences have sparked criticism

CNN  — 

A court in Egypt has sentenced to death more than 500 supporters of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood following violence that broke out in the southern city of Minya last August. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry puts the number of those sentenced at 529.

A single policeman was killed.

Only 147 of the defendants were reportedly in court Monday. Sixteen people were also acquitted at the hearing. Another 683 defendants – including the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Mohamed Badie – appeared before the same judge Tuesday in relation to the unrest. Their case was adjourned until April 28.

CNN spoke to its correspondent in Cairo, Ian Lee, independent Egyptian journalist Shahira Amin and Egyptian legal historian Khaled Fahmy about Monday’s mass sentence.

What happened in Minya?

A police officer was murdered during the pro-Morsy riots in Minya last August.

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