71 Muslim brotherhood members receive a life sentence
Muslim Brotherhood members during the trial - YOUM7/ Kareem Abdel Azeez

CAIRO: The Giza Criminal court sentenced 71 Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison on charges of setting Kerdasa’s neighborhood police station and church on fire in 2013.

On Aug. 14 2013, Egyptian security forces dispersed pro-President Mohamed Morsi sit-ins in Cairo; the events sparked violence all over the country, including Giza’s Kerdasa where 11 policemen were killed.

The prosecution charged the defendants of joining an illegal group, holding firearms and supplies, attempting murder, setting religious building on fire and fighting authorities.

The defendants have the right to appeal the verdict.

Wednesday’s ruling was not the first one to be issued towards mass numbers of Muslim Brotherhood members; a Minya Criminal Court recently issued a death sentence to 54 MB members over violence-related charges.

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