Human Rights Watch says Egypt Brotherhood Trial relied on ‘Single Testimony’
Published 2015-04-19 14:34:41| Amwal Al Ghad English
The prosecution's evidence in a trial this month of 51 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Egypt relied on the testimony of one police officer, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. HRW said the prosecution had presented little evidence to show the defendants did anything other than spread news about a mass sit-in in Rabaa square in 2013 and organize peaceful protests. The court on April 11 had condemned 14 men to death and 37 others to a life sentence for their actions in opposition to the ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by the military under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president. HRW's criticism of Egypt's judiciary comes two days before a separate trial involving Morsi in which he could face a possible death sentence.
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