CAIRO: Cairo Criminal court has sentenced Sunday five people to one year and acquitted three others over violence-related charges took place in the aftermath of the 2013 dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins, Youm7 reported Saturday.
They defendants were accused of gathering, illegal protesting, damaging public utilities and disrupting public peace in Cairo’s southern district of Helwan.
Youm7 said that the defendants clashed with residents, who arrested some of them.
Following the dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins, members and sympathizers of the Brotherhood mounted a series of daily protests across the country, including students, which led to deaths, injuries and detention.
The country escalated a crackdown against the group; most of its leaders of which are in jail. In November 2013, the government also heightened measures to curb waves of demonstrations flooding streets on a daily basis through issuing a controversial Protest Law. Upon the law, protesters should receive police authorization prior to gatherings.