43 defendants sentenced to jail in al Fateh Mosque case


Thu, 28 Nov 2019 - 06:30 GMT

Fateh Mosque following Brotherhood clashes with police forces in August 2013 - Reuters

Fateh Mosque following Brotherhood clashes with police forces in August 2013 - Reuters

CAIRO – 28 November 2019: 43 defendants were sentenced to jail, on Thursday after being found guilty by Cairo Criminal Court in the case of al Fateh Mosque violent clashes.

The court issued varied prison sentences against the 43 defendants, as four defendants were sentenced to 10 years in jail, five were given 7 years in jail, 31 got five year jail terms, three got three years and another five were acquitted of all charges.

On August 16, 2013, directly after Friday prayers, dozens of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supporters poured onto the streets in marches that started from Nour Mosque in Ramsis district to Ramsis Square, chanting against the disposal of Morsi’s rule.

The protests, which continued throughout the day as clashes erupted between protesters and security forces, resulted in the death of 50 people, including security personnel, and injured hundreds, according to Ministry of Health reports.

In the aftermath of the event, a large number of the protesters fled to Fateh Mosque, where they remained overnight until the following day, due to fears of being attacked.

However, security forces announced via loudspeakers that they could offer the protesters safe passage, but the protesters insisted on remaining inside the mosque.
During the security forces’ attempts to evacuate the mosque, fire exchange suddenly started between both sides, in which some were killed and other arrested.

In 2014, the Fateh Mosque case started in court, which included 490 defendants.



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