Egypt court overturns death sentences for 149 pro-Islamists

The court ordered a retrial for the defendants over an attack on a police station, on August 14, 2013, the same day police shot dead hundreds of Islamist demonstrators in CairoAn Egyptian appeals court overturned on Wednesday death sentences for 149 pro-Islamists accused of killing policemen in a mob attack on their station, a judicial source said. The initial ruling in February 2015 came amid a series of death sentences in mass trials that were criticised internationally, as the government cracked down on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. The grounds for the appeals court ruling were not immediately available, but the court has overturned hundreds of death sentences over the past year, to the relief of rights advocates and frustration of some in the government who have urged fast track executions.

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