Egypt military court jails 41 opponents for 'violence'

Court's verdicts could still be subject to appeal

Egypt military court jails 41 opponents for 'violence'

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian military court jailed 41 opponents, including 16 students, for violence charges Tuesday, a judicial source said.

Twenty seven defendants charged with assaulting public and private facilities were sentenced to 20 years in prison in absentia, the source told Anadolu Agency. The court also jailed 12 opponents for 10 years each and two others for five years each on similar charges, the source said.

Tuesday’s verdicts are still subject to appeal.

“My son was jailed for 10 years on fabricated charges,” the father of Hisham Saad, one of the defendants, told Anadolu Agency.

Egypt has been roiled by turmoil and violence since Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, was deposed by the military in a 2013 coup.

Since then, Egyptian authorities have carried out a relentless crackdown on dissent that has mainly targeted the ousted president’s supporters, leaving hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.

Last year, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief who led the military to unseat Morsi, approved legislation allowing individuals accused of committing violations against state institutions to be referred to military courts.

The move was widely criticized by local and international rights organizations, which expressed concern that defendants would not receive fair trials before military tribunals. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ekim 2015, 13:54