Egypt’s top court upheld on Saturday jail terms from seven to 10 years against 65 loyalists of the currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group over committing acts of violence in 2013 in the capital Cairo, official MENA news agency reported.
The rulings of the Court of Cassation are final and unappealable, as they have been issued in response to a previous appeal by the defendants against the criminal court’s initial rulings.
The convicts have been accused of holding illegal protests, committing acts of riots and violence that killed some citizens and attempted to kill others, storming public and private properties and other charges.
The pro-Brotherhood furious protests were held following the military removal of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his Brotherhood group.
Later in mid-August 2013, the security forces dispersed two major pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and nearby Giza, leaving hundreds dead and thousands arrested.
The Brotherhood group has been outlawed by the post-Morsi, anti-Brotherhood administration in September of the same year.
A lot of Brotherhood leaders, members and supporters, including Morsi himself and the group’s top chief Mohamed Badie, are currently jailed, and many have received appealable death sentences and life imprisonments over various charges varying from inciting violence and murder to espionage and jailbreak.
Morsi is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence over inciting deadly clashes between his supporters and opponents in late 2012 and a 25-year jail term over leaking classified documents to Qatar.
Since Morsi’s ouster, Egypt has been facing a wave of terror attacks that have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers as well as civilians.
A Sinai-based militant group affiliated with the Islamic State regional terrorist group has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian forces have killed hundreds of terrorists and arrested thousands of suspects during the country’s anti-terror war declared by newly re-elected President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief then, following Morsi’s ouster. Enditem