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Court acquits 21 Brotherhood loyalists in Upper Egypt

Groups of Brotherhood supporters have recently been acquitted on chargest of illegal protesting, rioting and membership in the now-outlawed group

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Jan 2015
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Twenty-one Muslim Brotherhood loyalists were acquitted in Upper Egypt's Minya on Tuesday on charges of illegal protesting, rioting, and belonging to the banned group, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

Among the twenty-one is administrative manager of the group for Minya, Minya Mamdouh Mabrouk, who was also the deputy education minister for the southern governorate.

The court also sentenced two of the 23 tried in the case, to two years in prison in absentia.

Following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, hundreds of Brotherhood members and supporters were arrested and put on trial, including Morsi himself and top leadership.

However, recently many courts have acquitted Brotherhood supporters.

In December, a Cairo criminal court acquitted, 191 supporters on charges of unauthorised protests and sabotage.

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