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Egypt: Life Sentences for 53 Defendants in ‘Nahda Events’

Egypt: Life Sentences for 53 Defendants in ‘Nahda Events’

Monday, 6 May, 2019 - 09:00
A protester reacts during demonstrations in Cairo January 29, 2011. (File photo: Reuters)

An Egyptian court on Sunday handed life sentences to 53 people for participating in the “Muslim Brotherhood” gathering at al-Nahda Square in Giza in 2013.


Two others were given a one-year prison sentence, while 10 were acquitted of the charges during a retrial.


The total number of defendants in the case is 379, including 189 detainees.


The court also ordered the accused to pay EGP 2 million to Orman Park, EGP 10 million for Giza province, and EGP 25 million to the Engineering Faculty at Cairo University for damages.


The prosecution accused the defendants of organizing a gathering in Nahda Square, putting the lives of citizens at stake, resisting police forces responsible for dispersing the rally, premeditated murder and carrying unlicensed weapons and ammunition.


Last month, the Court of Cassation rejected 66 appeals in the same case, upholding the verdicts.


The court also acquitted 115 defendants and terminated the criminal prosecution of two defendants after they died. All defendants were fined EGP39 million for the damages they caused at the zoo, al-Orman, Giza Governorate, and Engineering Faculty at Cairo University.


On August 14, 2013, the Egyptian security services broke up two protests- the Rabaa sit-in in Cairo, and the Nahda protest in neighboring Giza - following the toppling of the regime of former president Mohamed Morsi, who is considered a terrorist by the authorities.


In addition, the Criminal Court of Cairo decided to adjourn Morsi’s retrial, along with a number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and top officials in the lawsuit known as the "illegal crossing of eastern borders."


The trial was postponed to Saturday after a number of detained defendants failed to appear in court.


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