FILE - Trial of the Muslim Brotherhood
CAIRO – 10 January 2018: The military court in Assiut sentenced 51 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to 15 years in jail on charges of storming a security center in Minya governorate in Upper Egypt.
The defendants are also accused of belonging to a terrorist group established contrary to the provisions of the law, inciting to demonstrate and causing injury to a number of security forces.
This came as part of the state’s efforts to purge the country of extremism and terrorism, a destabilizing influence over the past four years, especially since the ouster of MB-affiliated President Mohammed Morsi.
On August 14, 2013, security forces dispersed the Muslim Brotherhood sit-in in Nasr City’s Rabaa al-Adawiya, along with another sit-in in Giza’s Nahda Square.
The Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in was primarily forged by supporters of former Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi.
Damage to the surrounding area as a result of the sit-in and its dispersal amounted up to LE 50 million ($2.8 million).