More Morsy supporters convicted by Suez military court

A military court in Suez has sentenced more supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy for their alleged roles in protests following the Islamist leader's overthrow on 3 July.

Three defendants were given three-year sentences of rigorous imprisonment and another who must serve at least a year in jail. Two others were acquitted.

All defendants are said to be Morsy supporters and stood accused of participating in pro-Morsy marches and chanting slogans that the court said could harm national security.

The same court in Suez also set the trial of seven individuals linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Jama’a al-Islamiya for 19 September. The defendants are accused of assaulting Third Field Army troops, burning armored vehicles during violence that erupted in Suez following the dispersal of sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Giza's al-Nahda Square in August.

Suez military prosecutors meanwhile remanded eight Muslim Brotherhood and Jama'a al-Islamiya figures for 15 days pending investigations into charges of violence, attacking armoured vehicles and churches, as well as assaulting army troops in the Egyptian governorate.

The National Security Agency, in collaboration with investigators and army troops in Suez, arrested several members of the two Islamist groups on charges of involvement in violence that erupted during the bloody dispersals which left 32 people dead and around 260 others injured. Several military troops were wounded.

Military prosecutors accused the suspects of assaulting armed forces troops and burning armored vehicles. Public prosecutors meanwhile charged them with inciting violence, rioting and killing protesters.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm