CAIRO – An Egyptian court ordered the retrial of 36 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood who had been sentenced to death in a mass trial that included the group’s leader last year, judicial sources said on Wednesday.
Tough sentences against hundreds of Brotherhood supporters since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 have drawn criticism from rights groups. The 36 were among 183 sentenced to death by a criminal court in the southern Minya province last June. The other defendants, including the Brotherhood’s General Guide, Mohamed Badie, were tried in absentia. The court gave no reason for the retrial.