Egypt military court sentences 70 Morsi supporters to prison on 2013 violence charges

Ahram Online , Thursday 13 Apr 2017

(File Photo) Supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi clash at Nasr City district in Cairo, January 3, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

An Egyptian military court has sentenced five supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi's to 15 years in prison and 65 others to life sentences in absentia after they were convicted of committing a number of violent crimes in Minya in 2013 shortly after Morsi’s ouster.

The defendants were convicted of attacking military and government facilities, as well as storming churches and Coptic schools in the governorate.

The verdict can be appealed before the military prosecution.

In 2013, Egypt saw a series of attacks on churches and government facilities after security forces dispersed two high-profile sit-ins in Cairo protesting Morsi’s ouster.

Authorities have repeatedly accused the Brotherhood of being behind violent incidents and terrorist attacks since the ouster of president Morsi in 2013.

In December 2013, the Brotherhood was officially designated a terrorist group in Egypt.

Many of the Brotherhood’s leaders, including Morsi and Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, have been jailed on various charges

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