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Egypt court hands death sentences to 6 Brotherhood members over 2013 violence

The nine Muslim Brotherhood members were sentenced in absentia meaning that if they turn themselves into the authorities a retrial will be granted

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 17 Jul 2016
File photo: Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi run near tear gas fired by security forces, during clashes near Giza square, south of Cairo,(Photo: Reuters)
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A Cairo criminal court handed death and life imprisonment sentences in absentia on Sunday to nine members of the now banned Muslim Brotherhood over violence related events that took place in Giza governorate in 2013.

On Sunday, the court sentenced six people to death and three others to life imprisonment over their participation in violent attacks referred to as the “Omraneya events” in November 2013.

Life in prison sentences carry up to 25 years in jail, according to the Egyptian penal code.

They were referred to court after prosecution accused them of illegally gathering, protesting, cutting off roads, and possessing firearms. 

The prosecution also charged them of committing assaults, including murdering a child and the attempted murder of others.

The nine convicts were tried in absentia, and thus given the maximum penalty for their crimes.

If they turn themselves into the authorities, they can appeal their initial death and life imprisonment sentences.


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