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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

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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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Three Tombs Discovered Under Egypt’s Great Pyramids

The tombs, separated by a few meters, are located under the dunes and behind the limestone doors, an indicator of the priests' power since getting this material required "permission by the king himself", Waziri said

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An Egyptian archaeological mission has unearthed three tomb, including one that was shared by two priests over 4,400 years ago, a few kilometres south of the three Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure.

Egypt’s Ministry of State of Antiquities announced the discovery of the tombs belonging to Behnui-Ka and Nwi Who from the fifth dynasty in Giza governorate on Saturday.

“At first we thought we were going to find tombs from the late period, but we found a tomb of the fifth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. We are talking about a 4,400-year-old tomb,” secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and director of the Egyptian Archaeological Mission team Mostafa Waziri told Efe news.

Waziri explained that the mission kicked off its work in August 2018 and discovered the three tombs after digging through more than 450 cubic meters of rubble.

One of those tombs was filled with wooden sarcophagi and well-preserved artefacts of the two priests.

Behnui-Ka had seven titles and was the purifier of Pharaoh Khafre, while Nwi Who had five titles, including the priest of Maat who was responsible for justice, and the goddess of justice and truth, according to Egyptian mythology.

Pyramids satellite view. imagee courtesy: www.marsruins.com

The three tombs were showcased to dozens of journalists after a press conference attended by Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, Khaled al-Enani, at the Giza Plateau.

The tombs, separated by a few meters, are located under the dunes and behind the limestone doors, an indicator of the priests’ power since getting this material required “permission by the king himself”, Waziri said.

The doors give way to corridors, decorated with hieroglyphic engravings and some intact wooden sarcophagi that have maintained their original colours and currently are being restored inside the tomb itself.

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“The sarcophagi are in perfect condition because they were well-painted, well-coloured and well-decorated. We will exhibit them at our Egyptian museums like the ones in Sharm al-Sheikh and Hurghada,” Waziri said after visiting the tomb.

Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawas, who attended the presentation of the tombs, told Efe news that he was “very happy” because the engravings and the statues could date the tomb back to the 26th Dynasty (664-525 BC), the last one that ruled Egypt before the Persian invasion. (IANS)