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Egypt refers 6 death sentences to religious authority

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, a Muslim Brotherhood member waves his hand from a defendants cage in a courtroom in Torah prison, southern Cairo, Egypt. On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, an Egyptian court referred the case of six alleged Muslim Brotherhood members held on terrorism charges to Egypt’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a non-binding opinion on their execution. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

CAIRO (AP) — 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 Wednesday 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.

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