25 Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to life in prison over Sharqia violence
Judges of Cairo criminal court during the hearing of Qatar Espionage case, May, 7, 2016. Youm7

CAIRO: A total of 25 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced Monday to life in prison, two others were sentenced to 15 years while 13 were acquitted in a case over violence in Sharqia Minya al-Qamh, the Delta, Youm7 reported.

The terrorism department of Sharqia Criminal Court issued the ruling at a court in Sharqia. The prosecution had referred 40 defendants to the court for inciting violence, attempted murder, show of force, and sabotaging state institution.

The sentence may be appealed. The court increased its security measures in case of protests against the verdict, according to Youm7. A life sentence in Egypt is 25 years.

Thousands have been tried in Egypt since 2013 over similar charges, as massive protests spread across Egypt in the aftermath of President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster. The demonstrations included violence and arson, but were also met with police force.

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