Egypt refers 64 civilians to military trial for 'violence'

In October, President Abdel-Fattah approved a law that opened the door for referring violations against state institutions to military courts.

Egypt refers 64 civilians to military trial for 'violence'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian prosecutors on Saturday referred 64 civilians to military tribunal for planning attacks against security forces and military and civilian facilities.

The public prosecution said in a statement that 64 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood had been referred to military court for "committing terrorist crimes against public and police facilities, planting bombs and setting a number of buildings ablaze."

Civil prosecutors are legally permitted to refer cases to the military prosecution, especially when it comes to vandalizing public properties.

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

In recent months, prosecutors referred hundreds of people – including Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie – to military trials on violence-related charges.

Since the ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi by the military in mid-2013, Egypt's government has waged a relentless crackdown on political dissent, which has largely targeted Morsi supporters and Muslim Brotherhood members.

The crackdown has seen hundreds killed and thousands thrown behind bars.

Morsi himself faces a wide range of charges, including espionage for Palestinian faction Hamas and the state of Qatar and inciting the killing of demonstrators in late 2012 when he was in office.

Egyptian authorities have also branded the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, as a "terrorist" group.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Nisan 2015, 17:04