CAIRO: Former Member of Parliament Mamdouh Ismail was sentenced to life in absentia Monday, with various prison terms given to 65 others, in a case filed over riots in Rode el-Farag, a blue-collar district north of Cairo, after the dispersal of Islamist sit-ins in August 2013.
The case included 80 defendants; 14 were acquitted, Ismail’s brother was sentenced to 10 years, one defendant was sentenced to seven years, five were sentenced to five years and the remaining 57 were sentenced to three years.
The Cairo Criminal Court accused the convicts of premeditated and attempted murder, disrupting public peace, belonging to a terrorist organization, and damaging public property. They will also remain under police supervision for three years.
Wide-scale violence spread across Egypt in the aftermath of the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins in August 2013, where hundreds were killed at the hands of the police under the pretext that their encampments were armed. Egyptian government figures approximately 650 were killed, although some human rights organization figures estimate that more than 1,100 lost their lives.