Four people sentenced to death over 2013 police station attack in Upper Egypt

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 13 Sep 2021


A Minya Criminal court has sentenced four people to death by hanging and 22 others to life in prison for raiding and torching a police station, which resulted in the death of two policemen, in August 2013 in Samalut, Minya.

The criminal court has also sentenced 20 defendants to 15 years in prison and 15 others to 10 years. It also acquitted one defendant in the case.

Ten defendants were dismissed from the trial as they were granted a presidential pardon in June 2018.

The case dates back to August 2013, when a wave of violence was perpetrated by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi across the country.

The violence, which broke out after police dispersed two large pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and Giza, involved attacks on police stations and churches that left 686 dead, including 64 members of the police, according to Egypt’s National Council of Human Rights.

All the defendants in the case have also been ordered to pay over EGP 22 million as compensation for the buildings that were destroyed.

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