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

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 Morsiin 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.