CAIRO: A total of 70 Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Minya were referred to a military trial Sunday for their alleged role in sectarian violence in 2013, Youm7 reported.
Minya General-Attorney Osama Abdel Moneim had submitted a memo accusing 249 people of torching churches, Christian schools and public and private properties in August 2013.
The public prosecution, however, excluded the vast majority of the names mentioned in the memo due to lack of evidence.
The Upper Egyptian governorate witnessed some of the worst violence, sectarianism and damage to public and private property after the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in that killed hundreds of former President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters Aug. 14, 2013.
Further, the jurisdiction of military tribunals has expanded in the three years following the revolution. President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree in October 2014 that allows military forces to join the police to secure public institutions and utilities for two years, and accordingly, any citizen arrested for attacking such entities may be referred to a military trial.
It also stipulates that crimes of terrorism and acts that “threaten the security of the country” may fall under the purview of military courts.