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CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 12 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday for the killing of protesters in December 2012, in a decision broadcast on state television. The men, including Mohamed El-Beltagy, general secretary of the Brotherhood's now-banned political party, and former parliamentarian Essam El-Erian were sentenced alongside ousted President Mohamed Mursi, who received the same prison term. The decision can be appealed.
A former Nazi death camp officer dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" went on trial in Germany Tuesday, with almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims' relatives at the court. Oskar Groening, 93, is being tried in the northern city of Lueneburg on 300,000 counts of "accessory to murder" charges for deported Hungarian Jews who were sent to the gas chambers, and faces up to 15 years jail. Given the advanced age of most German war crimes suspects, Groening is expected to be among the last to face justice, 70 years after the liberation of the concentration camps at the end of World War II. Media interest in the trial of the frail widower, who entered court using a Zimmer frame, is intense, with Auschwitz survivors set to appear as witnesses or co-plaintiffs.
A US couple were given long jail terms Tuesday for the "sadistic" murder of the woman's mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's Bali island. Tommy Schaefer, 21, was found guilty of the premeditated murder of Sheila von Wiese Mack on the resort island and jailed for 18 years. His girlfriend and the victim's daughter, 19-year-old Heather Mack who was pregnant at the time of the crime, was found guilty of assisting in the murder and given a 10-year prison term. Schaefer wept in the Bali court as judges recounted harrowing details of the case, in which he beat the 62-year-old victim to death with a fruit bowl during a blazing row in the five-star resort, before he and his girlfriend dumped the body in a taxi.