An Egyptian court has sentenced 10 leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death in the latest crackdown by the government against its opponents.
They are accused of inciting violence and blocking a major road outside Cairo.
Thirty other defendants, including the group’s leader Mohammed Badie, were sentenced to life in prison.
Badie is already facing two death sentences. He was one of 183 Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death in a mass trial last month over violence that killed one police officer. The sentences caused outrage among western governments and rights groups.
It comes a year after Egypt’s democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi was ousted in a military takeover by the now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,
Earlier this week Amnesty International published a report saying there had been a “catastrophic decline in human rights” one year after the ousting of Morsi.
Since January the Egyptian judiciary has recommended the death penalty for more than a thousand Morsi supporters.