An Egyptian court sentenced 10 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death in absentia on Saturday but postponed sentencing of its leader and other senior members tried in the case, judicial sources said.
According to Reuters, those sentenced were convicted on charges including inciting violence and blocking a major road north of Cairo during protests after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July.
All 10 were assumed to be in hiding amid a state crackdown on the group since Morsi's ouster. One of those sentenced was Abdul Rahman al-Barr, a member of the Brotherhood's Guidance Council, the movement's executive board.
Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud, a well-known Salafi preacher who fled to Qatar after Morsi was toppled, was also sentenced in absentia.
Those 38 defendants include the Islamist movement's General Guide Mohamed Badie and senior member Mohamed El-Beltagy, along with former ministers from Morsi's government.
"Down with the military court!" shouted the defendants in the courtroom.
Speaking from the cage where defendants are held in Egyptian courtrooms, Beltagy yelled condemnations against the judiciary, which he said was serving Egypt's militarized state.
Egypt's biggest political force until last year, the Brotherhood has been driven underground and declared a terrorist organization.
Badie was among 683 people sentenced to death in April.
Hundreds of Brotherhood supporters and members of the security forces have been killed since Morsi's ouster and thousands detained by security forces.
Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led Morsi's ouster, was elected president last week and is expected to be sworn-in Sunday.
Israeli leaders congratulate Sisi
The prime minister and president of Zionist regime both spoke with Sisi on Friday to congratulate him on his victory in Egyptian presidential elections and to stress the importance of bilateral ties, according to Reuters.
Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor President Shimon Peres spoke with the previous Egyptian head of state, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi.
"Prime Minister Netanyahu noted to the Egyptian president-elect the strategic importance of ties between the countries and in sustaining the peace accords between them," the Zionist leader's office said in a statement.
Peres's office said that at the end of their conversation, "President Sisi thanked President Peres for his warm words."
Meanwhile, a Saudi Arabian delegation has arrived at Cairo airport in advance of the Persian Gulf kingdom's Crown Prince Salman, who is planning to attend the inauguration of Sisi on Sunday.
The nine-member delegation arrived in Cairo on Friday to prepare for Salman's visit, reported Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.
This is while another Saudi delegation arrived on Wednesday to make “necessary preparations” for Salman's visit.
Saudi Arabia has emerged as a key supporter of Egypt’s military-installed interim government since the forced ouster of Morsi.
The U.S.-backed monarchy, along with allied Persian Gulf Kingdoms of Kuwait and the UAE, has pledged $15 billion to Egypt in aid since Morsi’s ouster to avert Egypt’s economic bankruptcy.
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