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