CAIRO: Six Zagazig University students were sentenced Saturday to seven years in prison for assaulting administrative security personnel and damaging their facility, Youm7 reported.
The verdict was based on a memo submitted by the administrative security, citing nine students, but only six were arrested. Some students similarly charged, however, have been referred to civilian courts.
“There aren’t certain conditions for the referral. The law of trying those who damage public facilities militarily is available, but sometimes the prosecution refers the case to a civilian court,” Taher Aboelnasr, legal adviser of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, told The Cairo Post Saturday.
“Also, sometimes the court rules lack of jurisdiction and refers the case to a military court,” he said.
Ten students were fined 216,000 EGP each ($28,300) by a civilian court Wednesday in compensation for the 2013 sabotage of Al-Azhar University’s Faculty of Commerce.
The court set 2.16 million EGP as the cost of the sabotage of the Faculty of Commerce during violent anti-military protests, dividing the figure among the ten students. Those who cannot pay the fine will be ordered to fix some of the damage at their expense, according to the university’s assessment, a judicial source told Youm7.
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 by the military 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” and damage public facilities may fall under the purview of military courts.