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Egypt gives Life Sentences to 2 Muslim ‘Brotherhood’ Supporters for 2013 Riot in Cairo

Defendants tried on charges including murder, assault, joining an armed gang, resisting arrest, damaging public and private property, and possession of firearms

Muslim Brotherhood in a a rally against the President Mursi. wikimedia commons

EGYPT, October 29, 2016: Two Muslim Brotherhood supporters were given life imprisonment today, by an Egyptian court and 16 others sent to 15 years in jail in charge of a violent assault on a Cairo neighborhood in 2013 after the ouster of former president Mohamed Mursi.

This attack was a part of a wave of terror and violence that has swept across the entire Egypt after the army removed the elected Islamist president Mursi from this throne in July 2013, which left seven dead.

The president was removed after the continuing mass protests against his rule, mentioned Reuters.

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Since the President has been deposed, the authorities held mass trials for the Muslim Brotherhood supporters, which led to hundreds being sentenced to death or to serve lengthy prison terms. Even Mursi himself has been sentenced after his ouster, in four cases which included a Death Penalty for his mass jail break in 2011, mentioned Reuters.

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The 104 defendants were dubbed by the local media as the “Boulaq Abou al-Ela case” in Saturday’s case, a part of a pro-Brotherhood march which was held two days later after the sit-in who were supporting the group was dispersed violently, leaving hundreds dead.

Murder, assault, joining an armed gang, resisting arrest, damaging public, and private property, and possession of firearms were some of the charges on which the defendants were tried.

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The sources also added that 86 of the total defendants were innocent and the government deems “Brotherhood” as a terrorist group.

Brotherhood is the oldest opposition movement which started decades ago but still it remains committed to peaceful activism. All the mass trials leading to death penalties and life imprisonment have drawn criticism from activists and right groups at home and abroad.

The Egyptian government says that the judiciary is independent and the government never intervenes with its work.

– prepared by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram.  Twitter: @ahuja_chesta


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Two ancient Tombs discovered at Luxor, Egypt

Egypt's antiquated history now has two more tombs to boast of

Two ancient tombs discovered at Luxor, Egypt
Two ancient tombs have been discovered at Luxor, Egypt, Image Source: VOA News

Egypt is extremely popular for its sanctuaries and tombs traversing diverse traditions of antiquated Egyptian history and now the tombs in Luxor adds one more feather to Egypt’s beauty. The popularity of the Egyptian pyramids dates back to the three massive tombs of the Fourth Dynasty. Tombs and pyramids have always appeared fascinating in movies and stories with some intriguing facts and discoveries.

Egypt’s latest discovery to boost tourism, Image Source: VOA News
  • Located on the east bank of the Nile River, Luxor is a city in Southern Egypt. Recently, two small ancient tombs have been discovered in this city dating back to some 3,500 years. Situated on the west bank of the river Nile, the tombs are the freshest disclosure in the city.
  • Since the beginning of 2017, the Antiquities Ministry has made a series of disclosures in a few areas crosswise over Egypt including Luxor city — including the tomb of a regal goldsmith, in a similar territory and having a place with a similar line, whose work was devoted to the old Egyptian God Amun.
  • According to the ministry, one of the tombs has a courtyard lined with mud-brick and stone walls containing a six-meter yard prompting four side chambers. They further said the artefacts found inside were mostly fragments of wooden coffins. The paintings and wall inscriptions further advocate the origin of the tombs to the era between the reigns of King Amenhotep II and King Thutmose IV, the two monarchs of the 18th dynasty.
  • The other tomb consists of five entrances prompting a rectangular corridor containing two burial shafts situated in the southern and northern sides of the tomb.
Archaeologist works on repairing masks discovered in the tombs, Image Source: Quartz

The ministry further stated, among the relics found inside are funerary cones, painted wooden funerary covers, dirt vessels, a gathering of approximately 450 statues and a mummy wrapped in material who was likely the best. A cartouche cut on the roof bears the name of King Thutmose I of the mid-eighteenth line.

Antiques Minister, Khaled al-Anani said, it is truly an exceptional day as the private tombs from the 18th dynasty are quite familiar but this is the first time to enter inside these tombs.

Al-Anani said the revelations are a piece of the service’s endeavours to advance Egypt’s essential tourism industry, somewhat determined by artefacts touring, that was hit hard by fanatic assaults and political turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

Al-Anani then headed to an adjacent site where the renowned Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is situated to open out of the blue the sanctuary’s primary asylum known as the “Holy of Holies.”

This news is sure to evoke a range of excitement among people worldwide. It would be right to say that Egypt has excavated two more sites for onlookers to explore and experience!