CAIRO: The Cassation Prosecution recommended on Wednesday that prison terms of 10-15 years given to 63 protesters be revoked or commuted; they had been arrested in 2013 in a pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstration.
The defendants, who held their protest on the anniversary of October 6 War in 2013, challenged their sentences before the Cassation Court. Each one of them was also fined 20,000 EGP ($2,500) and ordered to be placed under police surveillance for five years after release.
They are charged with sabotage, resisting the police, disrupting transportation in Galaa and Ramses Streets, as they demonstrated at Ramses Square in downtown Cairo.
The Cassation Prosecution plays an unbinding, advisory role to the Court of Cassation, the top court of Egypt.
Thousands have been sentenced on similar charges since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. The Cassation Court has ordered retrials in many of such cases.