Attorney-General praises sentence handed for ‘attempting to bomb’ Metro

CAIRO: The sentences of the 37 defendants who “attempted to bomb” two Metro stations in October are “deterring,” Attorney-General Hesham Barakat said in a press statement Sunday.

Shubra Criminal Court sentenced 37 Brotherhood supporters to 15 years in prison and fined each 20,000 EGP for raiding Shubra and the Faculty of Agriculture Metro stations in October 2013, Youm7 reported.

The 38th defendant is a 16-year-old boy who was sentenced in absentia to three years in prison. The ruling stipulated that the fines be paid with the aid of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.

The defendants were arrested in possession of 49 crude bombs and Molotov cocktails after they raided and sabotaged the metro stations, attacked police officers, and stopped metro movement by standing on the rails, Al-Ahram Gate reported.

October 6, the date of the incident, coincided with the 40th anniversary of the October War between Egypt and Israel in 1973, much celebrated by the Egyptian military since it succeeded to eventually free Sinai from the six-year Israeli occupation. The day witnessed several protests across the country.

 The Brotherhood supporters and other dissidents have protested what they call the “military rule” since presidential candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ousted the Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

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