CAIRO: Belbeis Courts’ Complex at Sharqiah governorate ruled late Thursday the sentence of 11 defendants affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood for five years each over affiliations with the group and inciting violence.
The defendants were arrested in the aftermath of the dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda Squares sit-ins. They were then referred by the public prosecution in Sharqia to Zaqaziq Criminal Court.
They were also charged with belonging to a “terrorist” group, inciting violence, disrupting transport means, damaging public installations, and threatening public security.
Affiliations or sympathy with the Muslim Brotherhood group have legally become a charge, according to which a defendant might be sent to trial for joining or supporting a “terrorist” group. The Brotherhood was officially designated as a terrorist group on Dec. 25, 2013 following the deadly attack on Dakahlia security directorate.
Additional reporting by Fathiya el-Deeb.