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10 Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death

An Egyptian court sentenced 10 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death.

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide, Mohamed Badie was among those sentenced to death. Picture: AFP.

CAIRO - An Egyptian court sentenced 10 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death in absentia on Saturday, but postponed sentencing of its leader and other senior members tried in the case, judicial sources said.

Those sentenced were convicted on charges including inciting violence and blocking a major road north of Cairo during protests after the army toppled President Mohamed Morsi last July.

All 10 were assumed to be in hiding amid a state crackdown on the group since Morsi's ouster.

One of those sentenced was Abdul Rahman al-Barr, a member of the Brotherhood's Guidance Council, the movement's executive board.

Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud, a well-known Salafi preacher who fled to Qatar after Morsi was toppled, was also sentenced in absentia.

Death sentence recommendations in Egypt are passed on to the country's grand mufti, the highest religious authority, for his review.

The court can ignore his opinion and its rulings can be appealed.

Judge Hassan Fareed said the verdict for the rest of the defendants would be announced at a hearing on 5 July.

Those 38 defendants include the Islamic movement's General Guide Mohamed Badie and senior member Mohamed El-Beltagy, along with former ministers from Morsi's government.