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Egypt Court of Cassation upholds prison sentences for those convicted in 2013 Al-Fath Mosque deadly clashes

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Jun 2019
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Egypt's Court of Cassation (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld on Monday prison sentences for those convicted of committing various criminal offenses during the Al-Fath Mosque clashes in Cairo in August of 2013.

The defendants were charged by the prosecution of murder, attempted murder, desecrating and vandalising the mosque, endangering the public, destruction of public property, obstructing traffic, and possession of firearms and ammunition on 16 and 17 August 2013 at Al-Fath Mosque in central Cairo in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

In September 2017, a Cairo criminal court sentenced 22 of the defendants in the case to life in prison.

The court also sentenced 21 others to life in prison in absentia.

A life sentence carries a term of 25 years in jail per Egyptian law.

The court had also sentenced 17 people to 15 years imprisonment, 54 others to 10 years, 13 in absentia to 10 years, 88 in absentia to 10 years, 216 to five years, and exonerated 25 others.

Those convicted appealed these verdicts.

Today's Court of Cassation verdicts are final and cannot be appealed.

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