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Egypt courts acquit 29 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters

Aswat Masriya , Wednesday 20 Jan 2016
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File Photo: High Court (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Twenty-nine alleged supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood who were accused of illegal assembly, destruction of public property, and inciting violence were acquitted by two Egyptian courts on Tuesday.

Twenty- two of the defendants were accused by Suez prosecutors of inciting violence and damaging public and private property during events in 2014 during clashes with anti-Brotherhood citizens.

Out of the 22 defendants, 11 stood trial, while 11 remain at large.

Also on Wednesday, a Giza court acquitted seven alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters charged with inciting violence.

Thousands of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have been serving jail time, with hundreds fighting death sentences for various criminal and murder convictions. 

*This story has been edited by Ahram Online

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