A military trial of at least 33 leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood began Thursday under heavy secrecy, one of the largest such tribunals in years in a crackdown against Egypt's most powerful opposition political movement.
Defense lawyers were boycotting the session, protesting that the court didn't notify them of the trial's start - they learned from their clients. There was no public announcement of the trial date, a sign of the secrecy surrounding the proceedings.
Human rights groups in Egypt and abroad have repeatedly condemned Egypt's policy of trying of civilians before military court, which usually issue swift and harsh verdicts with no possibility of appeal - except for asking the president for clemency.
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