Egypt refers six Muslim Brotherhood death sentence cases to Grand Mufti

An Egyptian court has referred the case of six alleged Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of terrorism to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s top religious authority, for a non-binding opinion on their execution.

The Cairo Criminal Court said on 22 May the six were found guilty of killing three people, including a policeman, among other charges. The case includes a total of 70 defendants.

The verdict can be appealed and the judge can rule independently of the Grand Mufti. The Brotherhood won a series of free elections after Egypt’s 2011 uprising.

A Brotherhood figure, Mohammed Morsi, was elected president in 2012 but was overthrown by the military a year later amid mass protests against his divisive rule. The group is now branded a terrorist organization.