An Egyptian court sentenced to death 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood today (March 24, 2014) on a variety of charges, including murdering a police officer and attacking police, according to the Washington Post website.
Among the accused are several key figures of deposed President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, one of whom is spiritual leader Mohammed Badie.
Since last July -- when the national army deposed Morsi -- political turmoil has pervaded the nation of some 80 million people. Hundreds of Brotherhood members have been killed and thousands more arrested.
Today's sentencing is likely to worsen Islamic-secular tension in Egypt. It represents one of the most sweeping actions against the Muslim Brotherhood since Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi took power in July.