Egypt court issues harsh jail terms for Morsi backers

Two people were sentenced to 88 years in prison each for charges of resistance the authorities and assault, also jailed nine people for 63 years each and one for 57 years for the same charges

Egypt court issues harsh jail terms for Morsi backers

World Bulletin/News Desk

An Egyptian court in the central Minya province on Saturday slapped 15 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi with harsh jail terms on violence charges.

Two people were sentenced to 88 years in prison each for charges of resistance the authorities and assault, defense lawyer Khaled al-Kom, told Anadolu Agency.

The court also jailed nine people for 63 years each and one for 57 years for the same charges, he added.

One person, who is still at large, was also sentenced to 18 years in prison on charges of inciting protests, the defense lawyer said.

Two more people were jailed for five years each for blocking a road and flashing the four-fingered Rabaa sign, a reminder of the death of hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators in the forcible dispersal of their sit-ins in Cairo last August.

Ahmed Mefreh, the head of the Cairo branch of al-Karama (Dignity) rights group, described the harsh verdicts as "unprecedented against political prisoners in the history of Egypt's judiciary".

"These verdicts represent a blatant breach of the law and violations of human rights," Mefreh told AA.

Egyptian authorities insist that there are no political prisoners in Egypt and that all those who were arrested following Morsi's ouster are tried on criminal charges.

Saturday's verdicts were issued by Judge Saed Sabra, who sentenced 528 Morsi's supporters to death last month.

Egyptian authorities have unleashed a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since the ouster of the elected president – a Brotherhood leader himself – by the military.

In December, the Egyptian government branded the Brotherhood as a "terrorist" organization.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Nisan 2014, 09:37

Muhammed Öylek

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