[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced four members of the Muslim Brotherhood [official website] to death, along with 14 others to life in prison. The individuals were accused [WSJ report] of murder and possession of firearms, among other charges, after clashes near the Brotherhood’s headquarters, which occurred just days before the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile]. Hamas official Mushir al-Masri expressed opposition to the ruling and called on Egypt to reconsider what he considered to be a dangerous decision. However, the court that sentenced the individuals alleges that Hamas fighters colluded with the Brotherood.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been facing legal challenges, particularly in Egypt. Earlier this month an Egyptian court ordered the release [JURIST report] on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists being retried on terror charges. Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy have spent more than 400 days in jail after a court found them guilty for falsifying news reports and associating with the Muslim Brotherhood. Also earlier this month a court in Egypt confirmed death sentences [JURIST report] for 183 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president Mohammed Morsi. In October an Egyptian court jailed eight men [JURIST report], including two Muslim Brotherhood leaders, for 15 years over the torture of a lawyer during 2011 uprisings against former president Hosni Mubarak. In June a group of UN human rights experts expressed their anger [JURIST report] after an Egyptian court confirmed the death sentences of 183 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.