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Radical Muslims supporting Egypt's Morsi face death penalty

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An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced a leader of the banned Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, to death over charges of inciting violence outside a mosque in Giza, according to Middle East news media.

Mohamed Badei's death sentence was referred to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's highest Islamic official a formality that rarely benefits someone given a death sentence.

On Wednesday, the same court upheld death sentences against 12 alleged supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi over killing a police major general in 2013, state-run Nile TV reported.

Seven of the defendants were present in court while the remaining are sentenced in absentia. The defendants still have the right to appeal. Another nine defendants received life sentence, and one was acquitted, the report said.

In addition, a Cairo court on Wednesday sentenced three female supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to life in jail. The verdict comes in relation to a wave of violence blamed on Islamists to revenge the forceful dispersal of two large sit-ins of Morsi supporters in August 2013.

The case dated back to September 19 when a group of people attacked Nabil Farag, the assistant to chief of Giza Security Headquarters in Kerdasa district, leaving nine other policemen injured.

The defendants were also charged with forming a terrorist group, assaulting police premises and targeting churches and public buildings, in addition to disturbing public order.

Since the ouster of Morsi last July, a wave of militant attacks and explosions targeting security personnel and their premises have risen mainly in the restive Sinai Peninsula. But recently, the attacks have crept into the capital Cairo and Delta cities.

A recent government report put the death toll from attacks at nearly 500, most of the victims soldiers and policemen.

Thousands of Morsi's supporters and members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, along with journalists and secular activists, have been arrested and imprisoned under long jail terms.

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