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APR 30, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Egypt's judges rebuff criticism of death sentences

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Justice Minister on Wednesday rebuffed international criticism of a mass trial this week in which some 680 defendants were sentenced to death, saying the judiciary is not a tool of executive authority and that rulings can be overturned upon appeal. The mass trials were linked to riots in which supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi allegedly attacked police stations and churches in retaliation for security forces violently breaking up Cairo sit-ins by Islamists in August, leaving hundreds dead. The same day, Secretary of State John Kerry said after meeting with ... Read More

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