Egypt court sentences Brotherhood supporters to jail terms


A court in Egypt has given scores of the Muslim Brotherhood proponents prison terms over several charges as part of the ongoing crackdown on supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

The court in the northeastern city of Mansoura issued the verdicts for 75 supporters of the banned movement on Monday.

Among the convicts, three were sentenced to seven years, 33 to five years, two to three years, eight to 10 years, and three others to 15 years in prison.

Out of as many as 26 other convicts, sentenced in absentia, 24 were given life sentences and two received 15 years in jail.

The people were found guilty of charges ranging from attempted murder to vandalism during anti-government protests in the wake of Morsi’s ouster in July 2013.

Morsi was ousted in a military coup led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the country’s current president and then army commander. Since then, the government has launched a brutal crackdown on Morsi’s supporters.

The Muslim Brotherhood has also been blacklisted as a terror organization by the new Egyptian government.

Rights groups say the army’s crackdown on supporters of Morsi has left at least 1,400 people dead and 22,000 arrested, while some 200 people have been sentenced to death in mass trials.

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