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400 detainees referred to ‘terrorism’ court circuit

Referral comes after series of other military court assignments, involving hundreds, the same month


Following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi, the authorities launched a crackdown against the organisation, leading to thousands of arrests. The violent dispersal of protests in support of Morsi, including the large sit-ins in Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda squares in August 2013, has left hundreds dead (AFP File Photo)
Following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi, the authorities launched a crackdown against the organisation, leading to thousands of arrests. The violent dispersal of protests in support of Morsi, including the large sit-ins in Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda squares in August 2013, has left hundreds dead
(AFP File Photo)

 

The Attorney General of South Sharqeya governorate referred approximately 400 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to “terrorism” related court circuits on Monday, according to state-run news agency MENA.

The 400 detainees are accused in 50 cases of rioting, protesting without permits, and carrying flyers and brochures inciting against the police and the military.

On Saturday, the prosecutor general referred three Al-Azhar and 15 Zagzig University students to military court, also on charges of “inciting violence and violating protest law”.

The report added that three court circuits designated to “terrorism-related cases” have been set up in Zagazig and Belbeis.

In October, the Egyptian cabinet announced a tentative proposal to give military courts the capacity to look into terrorism cases that “jeopardise the country’s security”, according to the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper.

On 15 December, 300 Muslim Brotherhood figures and members were referred to military court for allegedly inciting violence and torching an Ismailia court house building in July 2013.

The Hisham Mubarak Law Center claimed that four of the female defendants are high school students.

Earlier in December Egyptian prosecution referred another 439 defendants to military court, on charges of inciting violence.

The Attorney General added that anyone involved in cases related to disrupting state-institutions or assaulting the military or the police will automatically be referred to military court.

The series of military court referrals comes after rights groups in Egypt issued a statement in October condemning a presidential decree allowing the judicial expansion of military courts. The expansion now includes crimes against “vital” state properties and roads.

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights said in a joint October statement that the decree “seriously jeopardises citizens’ right to fair trials and further aggravates the current crisis of the Egyptian justice system”.

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