Egypt Independent

40 Brotherhood backers get 1-5 years in jail over Assiut protests

Assiut’s Criminal Court sentenced on Wednesday 40 people, including nine minors, to 1-5 years in jail over anti-regime protests last year.

The convicts faced charges of affiliation to a banned group (the Muslim Brotherhood), unlicensed protesting and assaulting police.

Twenty-eight others were acquitted of the charges.

The protests broke out following the dispersal of pro-Mohamed Morsy sit-in in Rabaa al-Adaweya Square in Cairo in 2013 after the former leader’s ouster. The dispersal had left dozens of demonstrators dead.

As the judge pronounced the verdicts, defendants’ families chanted anti-police and anti-army  slogans.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm