A file photo of a Cairo Criminal court (Photo:Al-Ahram)
A Cairo Criminal court sentenced 12 defendants charged with incitement of violence and rioting to prison, including one for 7 years, in the 2011 case commonly known as the "cabinet clashes" trial.
The court also ordered the defendants to pay fines amounting to 17,622,022 pounds as compensation for the damage they caused.
The defendants were accused of violence, arson, and rioting during the "cabinet clashes" between security forces and protests in December 2011 that resulted in 18 deaths and hundreds injured in the clashes that went on for five days..
The original indictment included the referral of 269 defendants to the Cairo criminal court and 24 minors to the juvenile court.
The accusations also included disrupting public facilities, possession of white weapons and Molotov cocktails, in addition to drug possession with the intention of using, practicing medicine without a license, storming the Ministry of Interior’s building to burn it, as well as the destruction of some cars of the Ministry of Health, among other charges.