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Egypt's public prosecutor has referred 63 anti-coup protesters in Alexandria to criminal court over alleged charges of involvement in violence and rioting, a statement by the prosecutor's office said Monday.
Among those referred to court a suspect accused of throwing a child off a building in July – an incident which was caught on camera and went viral on social media.
The group was arrested during clashes with Morsi's opponents in Sedi Gaber district on July 5, two days after the military ousted the Islamist leader.
They face charges of involvement in murder, thuggery, weapon possession, violence against policemen and disturbing social peace, a statement said.
The decision to send the group to trial drew ire from the group's lawyers, saying they knew about the move from media.
"The lawyers did not manage to examine the case papers sufficiently, and there are no solid evidence against the accused," Khalaf Bayoumi, a lawyer in the suspects' defense team, told Anadolu Agency.
He also said that the number of the suspects in the case was 58, voicing surprise at the increase in the number to 63.
In a related development, security sources and eyewitnesses said that at least 22 Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested nationwide as a crackdown on the Islamist group continues.
Among those arrested was former Youth Minister Osama Yassin who was arrested along with two other Brotherhood members at a villa in the Fifth Settlement, eastern Cairo.
One of Yassin's two companions is an aide to the group's deputy leader Khairat al-Shater, security sources said.
On Sunday, Cairo's Criminal Court adjourned the trial of the Brotherhood's top three leaders to October 29 in light of the defendants' absence.
Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and two aides, Rashad al-Bayoumi and Al-Shater, face the same charges as Yassin.Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ağustos 2013, 22:37