Egypt's Court of Cassation cancelled life sentences for 27 defendants charged with breaking into and setting fire to a police station in Assiut in 2013, and ordered a retrial.
The case, known in the local media as “the case of breaking into El-Ghanayim Police Station” dates back to the summer of 2013 when prosecutors charged 127 people with setting fire to the police station following the violent dispersal of two pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-ins in Cairo.
Prosecutors also accused the defendants of attacking two schools and a court building, among other governmental buildings, as well as establishing an outlawed group.
In October 2014, an Assiut criminal court sentenced 27 defendants to life.
The rest of the 127 defendants received various sentences in absentia.
The 27 sentenced to life appealed the verdict.
Following the deadly dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins in Rabaa and Nahda squares on 14 August 2013, there was a wave of attacks by Morsi supporters on churches and on police stations around Egypt.
Thousands of people stood trial in cases related to these events, and hundreds were convicted.