CAIRO: Mohamed Saeed , the nephew of former President Mohamed Morsi, along with five other students were sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison over charges of inciting violence in Zaqaziq University, Youm7 reported.
All defendants were arrested in March 2014 in Zaqaziq square.
The trial was held before a panel authorized to consider “terrorism cases” in Zaqaziq Criminal Court, Youm7 reported.
Since the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins of Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares on August 2013, hundreds of MB supporters and members were arrested over charges of belonging to a terrorist group, and inciting violence. In December 2013, Egypt designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group, following bombs targeted Dakahlia security directorate in which 15 people were killed and dozens were injured.
Saeed, who is a student in a Faculty of Law at the university, and other three students were also given life sentences in November 2014 over charges of attempted murder of a student in Faculty of Commerce when he refused to participate in a demonstration, Youm7 reported.
Saeed is standing trial in who other cases with dozens of MB members and supporters over charges of inciting violence during the Rabaa dispersal and possessing leaflets inciting violence.
Since the ouster of Morsi July, 3, 2013 by the army following mass protests called for the end of his regime, several demonstrations have been staged calling for Morsi’s reinstatement in universities and major squares.
One of Morsi’s nephews, Ahdullah al-Sayyed Morsi, and other 11 students were arrested from Zaqaziq University in Oct. 2013 over charges of “storming and attacking faculties of Commerce, Arts, and Law, besides closing the main gate of the University and chanted slogans against the army,” al-Masry al-Youm7 reported.
Additional Reporting by Fathia el-Dib