CAIRO: Seven persons allegedly belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced Saturday to five years and three months in prison over charges of possessing guns and leaflets inciting violence and rioting, Youm7 reported.
The Hadayek al-Qobba prosecution charged the defendants with inciting riots, belonging to a terrorist group, attacking public property, possessing guns and leaflets against the state’s services, and inciting violence.
Four of the defendants were tried in absentia, and two those present at court are students. They were arrested in February 2014.
Since the ouster of the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins of Rabaa and Nahda Squares in August 2013, hundreds of the MB supporters and members were arrested and given various imprisonment and death sentences.
The former interim government designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group in December 2013.