A Sohag criminal court convicted and sentenced on Thursday 25 Morsi supporters to life in prison on multiple counts of murder and the arson of a church in 2013 following the violent dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins in Nahda and Rabaa squares by security forces.
The court also sentenced 67 defendants in the same case to 15 years in prison while 27 others received ten-year sentences, all of which can be appealed.
The defendants were found guilty on a number of charges, including the torching of Mar Gerges Church in Upper Egypt’s Sohag governorate.
The prosecution accused the defendants in the case of a number of crimes including the murder of 15 people and the attempted murder of three others.
Fifty-five defendants were sentenced in absentia. Information has not been released about their current location.
Dozens of churches across Egypt, especially in Upper Egypt, were torched by angry mobs as part of a wave of violence that hit the country following the bloody dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins in August 2013.