EGYPTIAN COURT HANDS 18 MORSI SUPPORTERS LONG JAIL TERMS OVER VIOLENCE

An Egyptian court sentenced on Saturday, two supporters of ousted Islamist President, Mohamed Morsi, to 25 years in jail, and 16 others to 15 years, over violence charges.

The convicts, loyalists of Morsi’s currently-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, have been charged with spreading disorder and joining armed clashes, in Cairo’s Boulak Aboul-Ela neighbourhood, that left seven citizens dead, in response to the deadly security dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins in mid-Aug, 2013.

The Cairo Criminal Court also acquitted 86 defendants in the same case.

Morsi was removed by the military in July, 2013, in response to mass protests against his one-year rule.

Later, security crackdown against his loyalists, mostly from the Brotherhood, left about 1,000 of them killed and thousands more arrested, while the group was eventually blacklisted as a terrorist organisation.

Last week, the Court of Cassation, Egypt’s top court, confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against the deposed Islamist president, over inciting violence between his supporters and opponents, outside a presidential palace in late 2012, that left 10 people dead.

Since Morsi’s ouster, Egypt has been facing growing anti-government terrorist attacks, that left hundreds of police and military men killed, with a Sinai-based militant group, loyal to the Daesh regional group, claiming responsibility for most of them.

Meanwhile, the security forces killed over 1,000 militants and arrested a similar number of suspects, in the chaotic peninsula, as part of the country’s “war against terrorism” declared by then military-chief and now-President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, following Morsi’s ouster.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.