EGYPT JAILS 16 MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LOYALISTS 15 YEARS FOR INCITING VIOLENCE

CAIRO, Egypt- An Egyptian court, on Monday, sentenced 16 loyalists of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group to 15 years in prison, over inciting anti-state violence and protests.

The 16 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood of former Islamist President, Mohamed Morsi, were arrested in 2014, in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya, north of the capital Cairo, for spreading leaflets against the armed forces and police, and shouting anti-government slogans, during protests. The prosecution charged the defendants with holding illegal protests, blocking traffic, using guns and fireworks and terrifying citizens.

Morsi was deposed by the army in early July, 2013, in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his Muslim Brotherhood. The group was later blacklisted by the new government of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as “a terrorist organisation.”

Most Brotherhood leaders, members and supporters, including Morsi himself, and the group’s top chief, Mohamed Badie, are currently in jail. Many of them have received appealable death sentences and life imprisonments, over charges varying from inciting violence and murder, to espionage and jailbreak.

Morsi is serving a 20-year prison sentence over inciting deadly clashes between his supporters and opponents in the late 2012, and a 25-year jail term over leaking classified documents to Qatar. Since Morsi’s ouster, Egypt has been facing a wave of terror attacks that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, as well as, civilians.

A Sinai-based militant group, affiliated with the Daesh regional terrorist group, claimed responsibility for most of the attacks, over the past few years.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK