July 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Egypt confirms death sentences of 10 Muslim Brotherhood members

Cairo An Egyptian court Saturday confirmed the death sentences of 10 top members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, on charges of inciting deadly violence last year and blocking a road north of Cairo while protesting the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

One of the 10 sentenced in absentia is Abdel-Rahman al-Barr, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's top executive office, known as the Guidance Council.

The sentencing initially was passed last month and referred to the country's chief Islamic legal authority, the grand mufti, for an advisory opinion.

The Criminal Court in the northern city of Qaliubia sentenced 37 other defendants in the same case, including the Islamist group's leader Mohammed Badie, to life in prison. An underage defendant was given three years in prison.

All the rulings may be appealed.

The case is related to a mass protest held by Morsi's backers in July last year following his overthrow by the army. Two people were killed in the unrest.

Last month, another court sentenced Badie to death in a separate case related to the killing of a policeman and attacks on state institutions during rioting in the southern city of Minya. Badie faces trials in several other cases.

The sentences come amid an ongoing crackdown on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, which the Egyptian government designated as a terrorist organization in December.