Minya Court Sentences 18 Defendants in Absentia for Inciting Violence

The Minya Criminal Court sentenced on Tuesday 18 defendants to 18 years in prison in absentia for inciting violence and stalling the constitutional referendum, among other charges.

The defendants were arrested during the constitutional referendum on Jan. 14. They were released pending the trial.

The court sentenced them to five years for stalling the referendum, five more years and a 100 thousand-Egyptian pound fine each for inciting violence, a 30 thousand-Egyptian pound fine for assembly and blocking the road, three years and a five thousand-Egyptian pound fine for violating last year’s protest law and five years for “terrorising citizens”.

Egypt has witnessed an unprecedented wave of violence since the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July, 2013.

Former interim President Adli Mansour issued the protest law on November 24 to regulate peaceful assembly, amid ongoing protests by pro-Mursi supporters and secular activists. The law has long been the epicentre of wide criticism by domestic and international human rights organisations which say it violates international standards for peaceful protests.

Source : Aswat Masriya