An Egyptian courtroom jailed 262 folks from three years to life on Tuesday for taking part in a 2013 sit-in protest in opposition to the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
They had been charged with inflicting the deaths of two policemen throughout clashes at al-Nahda sq. in Giza in southern Cairo, in addition to different counts of tried homicide and vandalism.
Seventeen folks had been sentenced to life in jail, 223 got 15 years and one other 22 accused got three years.
The courtroom acquitted 115 others accused within the case.
Al-Nahda sq. was one in every of two websites the place Morsi supporters gathered within the weeks following his overthrow by the army in July 2013 led by then common and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Sisi was elected in 2014 and is anticipated to hunt a second time period in a March vote this yr.
Authorities broke up the 2 sit-ins – at al-Nahda and Rabaa squares – in August 2013, killing a whole lot of protesters. Protests had been banned shortly after the 2 pro-Mursi camps had been dispersed and scores had been arrested.
Hundreds of Morsi sympathizers have been detained and prosecuted since his ousting. Egypt has banned the Muslim Brotherhood, deeming it a terrorist organisation.
The authorities accuses the Brotherhood of fomenting an Islamist insurgency since Mursi’s elimination. Militant assaults have killed a whole lot of Egyptians, principally troopers and police.
Security forces have killed a whole lot and detained hundreds of members of the group, which says it’s dedicated to political change via peaceable means solely.
The courtroom additionally ordered on Tuesday that these sentenced be fined a complete of practically 40 million Egyptian kilos ($2.27 million) for damaging public property.