EGYPT COURT JAILS MORSI LOYALISTS FOR 25 YEARS

CAIRO, Egypt, Nov 13 An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 25 supporters of former Islamist President, Mohamed Morsi, in absentia, to 25 years, three others to ten years, and seven others to three years, over belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and inciting anti-government violence, state-run Ahram news website reported.

Zagazig Criminal Court, in Sharqiya province, also acquitted on Wednesday, 17 others, of charges over inciting violence against the police and military, in reaction to Morsi’s removal.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hailed, has been blacklisted by the Egyptian new leadership, as “a terrorist group” and its members have been banned by court order, from running in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Hundreds of Morsi supporters have been handed lengthy jail terms and death sentences, after speedy trials, since Morsi’s overthrow by the army in 2013, following mass protests against his one-year rule.

A massive security crackdown on his supporters has left about 1,000 dead and thousands others arrested.

Morsi himself is currently in custody, for trials over 2011 jailbreak, espionage, ordering the killing of protesters, insulting the judiciary and leaking classified documents to Qatar.

SOURCE: MENA