Thousands of former President Mohamed Morsi supporters protesting outside his place of detention in Cairo, July 2013 Photo – Reuters Thousands of former President Mohamed Morsi supporters protesting outside his place of detention in Cairo, July 2013 Photo – Reuters

Egypt upholds sentences of imprisonment against 268 convicts in Nahada sit-in case

Thu, Mar. 21, 2019
CAIRO - 21 March 2019: Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld on Thursday life sentences against 23 convicts, 15-year terms against 223 convicts, and 3-year terms against 22 others over charges of inciting violence during the dispersal of Muslim Brotherhood protests in Al-Nahda square in 2013.


Other 109 co-defendants were acquitted, the court stated. All convicts were fined LE 137, 000, the costs of damages caused during the 2013 sit-in to the Giza Zoo, Cairo University, Orman Park, and Giza governorate.


The defendants were accused of organizing protests in Giza’s Al-Nahda square to intimidate citizens, of jeopardizing people’s lives, disturbing public security, and resisting police forces during the dispersal of the sit-in.

They also face murder charges as well as charges that include storming and deliberately damaging public property and buildings, blocking roads and depriving citizens from moving freely.

The upheld sentences of imprisonment had been stated on January 9, 2019 by a Giza Criminal Court. However, Court of Cassation’s ruling is final and unchallengeable.



 
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