Cairo, Jul 29 (AP) An Egyptian criminal court today preliminarily sentenced eight people to death over charges of murder during an attack on a police station in a Cairo suburb in 2013.Also Read - Cairo Archaeologists Discover Interior of Ancient Tomb at Egypt's Saqqara Necropolis

The ruling referred the case to the Grand Mufti the country’s top theological authority to solicit his non-binding opinion on the sentences, a formality in cases of capital punishment. The court will issue final sentences on October 10 in the case which involves a total of 68 defendants. Also Read - Man Waits For 6 Months After Swallowing Phone, Undergoes Surgery After Experiencing Pain

The attack, which killed six police officers, followed the deadly dispersal by security forces in Aug 2013 of two Cairo sit-in protests staged by supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, ousted a month earlier by the military after one year in office. Also Read - Semi-Aquatic Whale That Lived 43 Million Years Ago Named After Ancient Egyptian God

At least 600 Morsi supporters were killed on that day.

(AP)

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