CAIRO: The Supreme State Security Court sentenced nine people to ten years in prison and a fine of 20,000 EGP ($2,796) each for being charged with participating in a protest that endangered national security in violent incidents at Kafr el-Sheikh Police Station in 2013, Youm7 reported Thursday.
An additional 73 defendants were sentenced in absentia to 15 years in jail and a fine of 20,000 EGP each, while four others were sentenced in absentia to one year and a fine of nearly 8,000 EGP each. The defendants are to remain under police supervision for five years after they are released.
The prosecution accused the 86 defendants of protesting and sabotaging public property, attempted murder, steeling a police gun and possession of weapons without licenses.
A witness in the case, Dr. Islam el-Sayed, head of Kafr el-Sheikh Hospital, said during one of the trial sessions held in August that there were so many injured from the riot in front of the police station who came to the hospital on July 3, 2013, he could not determine if the injured were Muslim Brotherhood or not.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail.