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Egypt's top appeals court approves jail terms for 35 Brotherhood members over 2013 police station attack

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 27 Dec 2018
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Egypt's top appeals court has sentenced 35 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to between five and 15 years in jail over charges related to violence in 2013, in a final ruling that rejects the defendants' appeal, a judicial source said.

The case dates back to violence that followed the dispersal by security forces of two Cairo sit-ins supporting ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in August 2013, weeks after his overthrow following mass protests.

The defendants were charged with setting fire to a police station in Giza and assaulting security forces.

The Court of Cassation on Thursday rejected an appeal from the defendants who had been found guilty by a lower court, and upheld the sentences.

Egypt banned the Brotherhood and designated it a terrorist organisation in 2013. Most of the group's leaders, including former president Morsi, are in jail on terror-related charges.

 

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