CAIRO: A total of 21 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison, and a 13-year-old was sentenced to 10 years in prison for 2013 violence in Minya, Youm7 reported.
The defendants were accused of blocking the Agricultural Road in December 2013 in a protest demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi. Minya’s Criminal Court charged them with possessing weapons, blocking roads, rioting, damaging public and private properties, disturbing public peace and belonging to an illegal group.
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 pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters Aug. 14, 2013.
In several lawsuits, the prosecution claims the wide-scale violence in the aftermath of Morsi’s ouster was at the instructions of the Brotherhood.