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Egypt to rule on Islamists' mass trial on April 28

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  • A supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi holds a poster, left, with Arabic that reads, "freedom to Waleed Abdel Aziz, fourth team, faculty of chemistry, geology," during a demonstration Monday inside Cairo University in Egypt. A court in Egypt on Monday sentenced to death 529 supporters of Morsi on charges of murdering a policeman and attacking police, convicting them after only two sessions in one of the largest mass trials in the country in decades.

      A supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi holds a poster, left, with Arabic that reads, "freedom to Waleed Abdel Aziz, fourth team, faculty of chemistry, geology," during a demonstration Monday inside Cairo University in Egypt. A court in Egypt on Monday sentenced to death 529 supporters of Morsi on charges of murdering a policeman and attacking police, convicting them after only two sessions in one of the largest mass trials in the country in decades.
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MINYA, Egypt -- An Egyptian judge says he will issue a verdict on April 28 in a new mass trial of 683 suspected Islamist supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi for murder and attempted murder after a single session boycotted by defense lawyers.

Judge Said Youssef held trial in the city of Minya, south of Cairo, went ahead with the session on Tuesday, hearing witnesses in the case despite the lawyers' absence.

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The same judge sentenced more than 520 defendants to death on Monday in a similar mass trial, which lasted only two sessions.

Egyptian authorities are holding a series of mass trials as part of a monthslong crackdown on Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood since the military's July ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

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