World Bulletin/News Desk
A court in southern Egypt on Thursday sentenced 26 Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members to life (25 years) in prison, a judicial source has said.
The source, who requested anonymity, told Anadolu Agency that the Assiut Criminal Court had sentenced the men in a case that has come to be known as "the Ghanayem incidents."
He added, however, that the verdict could still be appealed at a higher court.
The source noted that the same court had also cleared 141 other defendants in the case.
Detained Brotherhood leaders and members were convicted of joining an outlawed group, attacking a police station, stealing weapons, attacking a courthouse, and damaging police facilities following last year's violent dispersal of two sit-ins in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
The court also handed prison sentences to five other people – ranging from one to three years – in the same case, the judicial source said.
Another court, meanwhile, adjourned to November the trial of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohsen Radi and eight co-defendants. The nine have been accused of involvement in acts of violence and vandalism outside a police station in the Nile Delta last year.
Since Morsi's ouster by the army in July of last year, thousands of Brotherhood leaders, members and supporters have been thrown in jail after being accused of inciting violence, staging illegal demonstrations and involvement in murder.
In related news, Egypt's Administrative Court on Thursday set December 18 to examine a legal request to designate Palestinian resistance faction Hamas an "international terrorist group."
Those who filed the legal request accuse Hamas of backing the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which Morsi hails; staging jailbreaks in Egypt; and killing and kidnapping Egyptian officers during Egypt's January 2011 uprising.
Egypt's Court of Urgent Matters in March banned Hamas' activities in the country and closed all the group's local offices.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ekim 2014, 17:40