Egypt military court sentences 187 Morsi supporters to life in prison

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Jun 2016

The military court found the 187 defendants guilty on multiple charges stemming from violence that followed August 2013 dispersals of pro-Morsi protesters

A military court sentenced 187 supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison Thursday on multiple charges including an alleged assault on the Maghagha police station after the dispersal of pro-Morsi sits-in in Cairo's Rabaa and Nahda squares in August 2013.

The defendants, who are all from the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya, were referred to a military court by the general prosecution in March 2015 on a number of charges including incitement to violence and riots, attacking public property and blocking traffic.

Hundreds of civilian cases have been referred to military courts since the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak.

The practice has faced strong opposition from rights campaigners and pro-democracy advocates.

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