Egypt Mass Death Sentences Spark Outrage and Worries

Egyptian students who support the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi clash with riot police following a demonstration outside Cairo University on March 26, 2014. The demonstration was organised to protest against a court ruling that sentenced to death 529 Islamists for the murder and attempted murder of several policemen during riots in the southern city of Minya on August 14.

Egyptian students who support the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi clash with riot police following a demonstration outside Cairo University on March 26, 2014. The demonstration was organised to protest against a court ruling that sentenced to death 529 Islamists for the murder and attempted murder of several policemen during riots in the southern city of Minya on August 14.

The credibility of Egypt’s judicial system is very much in question. That’s thanks to the death sentence imposed this week on more than 500 people in a single mass trial. They were sentenced after a trial lasting just two days, which triggered widespread international condemnation. And ordinary Egyptians also are worried.

CCTV’s Yasser Hakim has more.