As Injustice Becomes Routine In al-Sisi's Egypt, 183 Political Opponents Sentenced to Death

An Egyptian court on Monday ratified the order to execute 183 alleged members of the Muslim Brotherhood—confirming the third mass death sentence issued under the rule of U.S.-backed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Monday’s ruling rubber-stamps an earlier decision, made in December by a judge in Giza, to issue death sentences to 188 people, allegedly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, on unsubstantiated charges relating to an attack on a police station in the Giza town of Kerdasa in August 2013 that led to the killing of 11 officers.

The incident occurred the same day as the Rabaa massacre, in which an attack by Egyptian security forces on a camp protesting the ouster of former Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi led to the killing of at least 817 people, and likely more than 1,000, according to the estimates of Human Rights Watch. Not a single security officer or high-ranking Egyptian official has been held accountable for those killings.

The trial of alleged participants in the Kerdasa violence was broadly criticized by human rights organizations, foreign governments, and Egyptian residents as unjust and brutal.

The December sentence was provisional, meaning that it required the non-binding evaluation of the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s top religious authority.

According to independent Egyptian publication Mada Masr, the Mufti gave the green-light for the executions, prompting the Giza court on Monday to issue the final death sentence.