72 pro-Brotherhood sentenced to 3 years over violence related crimes

CAIRO: The Zagazig Criminal Court on Monday sentenced 72 defendants; reportedly belong to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group, to three years hard labor over violence-related charges, Youm7 reported.

The defendants, including three former MB parliamentarians, stood trial over inciting riots following the forcibly dispersal of the group’s sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares in 2013.

Assayed Negeida and Assayed Hazin, former members of the dissolved MB-dominated Shura Council along with Momen Zarour, a former member of the dissolved People’s Assembly, are among those sentenced.

The court also sentenced two other defendants to life in prison for inciting violence at Sharqia towns of Belbais, 10th of Ramadan and Abou Hamad following the dispersal.

Twenty other members of the banned group were acquitted in the case. A total of 94 people had been referred by the prosecution to the court for inciting violence, attempted murder, violent protesting in 2013.

After hundreds were killed by the police during the dispersal of the MB sit-ins, which demanded the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi, wide-scale violence, sectarian attacks and sabotage swept the country.

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