Egypt's Court of Cassation upholds prison sentences for 56 convicted in 2013 Nahda dispersal case

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 5 Jul 2020

Egypt’s Court of Cassation, the country’s highest appeals court, has upheld prison terms against 56 people convicted of committing various violent offenses during the dispersal of a 2013 Giza sit-in by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

The court rejected on Sunday appeals by the 56 defendants, upholding a life imprisonment sentence to one, a 15 year prison sentence to 52 others, and prison terms ranging from one year to three years to three.

It also acquitted ten others during the retrial of 2013’s Nahda dispersal case

They faced charges including intentional homicide against several unidentified people, attempted murder of a number of policemen, terrorizing and endangering the lives of the public, and vandalism during the dispersal.

Today's verdicts are final and cannot be appealed.

The dispersal of the Rabaa and Nahda square sit-ins in 2013 left hundreds killed and thousands arrested on a variety of charges. The dispersals also unleashed days of nationwide street clashes and attacks on security installations.


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