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Egypt deports activist bearing petition against death sentence for 529

An international humanitarian organization says one of its employees has been deported from Egypt, where he had come to present officials with a petition bearing over a million signatures asking for the lifting of death sentences against 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Wissam Tarif, a Lebanese national who works for Avaaz, an online activism network, arrived in the country Tuesday morning and was deported that evening, spokesman Sam Barratt said Friday

A court sentenced the 529 to death on March 24 for an attack on a police station that killed a policeman, raising an outcry from rights activists. Tarif had intended to present the petition to Egypt's top Islamic official, the mufti, who must issue an advisory on the death sentences.