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10 people sentenced to 3 years in prison in Suez

1,635 have been arrested since June 2013, according to Interior Ministry

The Suez Criminal Court issued a verdict on Wednesday against 10 people allegedly belonging to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Three of the defendants were present, while seven others were sentenced in absentia, according to Egypt’s official news agency MENA. They were accused of belonging to a terrorist organisation, participating in Brotherhood protests, inciting violence and riots, and sedition against the military and police forces in Suez.

The court additionally fined two among the defendants EGP 20,000, for allegedly inciting violence and riot on a separate event that took place also in Suez in February 2014.

In March 2014, clashes erupted between police forces, protestors and families in the popular Suez neighbourhood of Al-Arbaeen, leaving at least four people dead, and five others detained.

Thousands more were arrested on similar counts since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in June 2013, and the court order labelling them as a terrorist group in December 2013.

The Interior Ministry spokesperson announced in an official statement that 1,635 have arrested since June 2013, belonging to “313 terror group and accused of committing 541 terror attacks”.

Five more people were arrested on Wednesday in Cairo on counts of belonging to the Brotherhood, and using insurance cards and wireless phones to operate their bombs, the statement added.

However, international rights watchdog Amnesty International previously announced that at least 16,000 were arrested until July 2014.


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