529 Sentenced to Death? Credibility of Egypt’s Interim Government Suffers Another Blow

Egypt law

A court in Minya, 150 miles south of Cairo, reports the New York Times

“… sentenced 529 people to death on Monday after a single session of their mass trial, convicting them of murder for the killing of a police officer in the city of Minya during riots after the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, state media reported.”

Of course, it’s questionable that the verdict upheld and the sentencing carried out. The Los Angeles Times reports that “the capital verdict would have to be ratified by the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s top Islamic jurist.”
Nevertheless, it reflects poorly on Egypt’s interim government. In fact, it only makes sense as a public works project intended to provide employment to carpenters contracted to construct all those gallows.