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Cairo court sentences 16 protesters to prison

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Muslim Brotherhood supporters receive five years with hard labour for violating Protest Law

Students who support the Muslim Brotherhood clash with Egyptian riot policemen surrounding the entrance of Azhar University in Cairo on Dec. 27, 2013.  (Khaled Desouki/AFP)

Students who support the Muslim Brotherhood clash with Egyptian riot policemen surrounding the entrance of Azhar University in Cairo on Dec. 27, 2013.
(Khaled Desouki/AFP)

Sixteen Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to five years in prison with hard labour after violating the controversial Protest Law during a 27 December demonstration in the Cairo neighbourhood of Nasr City.

The defendants were convicted on a number of charges, including rioting, assaulting police officers, resisting arrest, protesting without a permit, using Molotov cocktails and belonging to a terrorist group, according to news website Aswat Misraya.

The sentencing comes a day after 61 Brotherhood supporters and an Al Jazeera cameraman were acquitted of similar charges stemming from a 15 July protest on Ramses Street and October Bridge in Downtown Cairo.

Thousands of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed president Mohamed Morsi have been arrested since his 3 July ouster.  Many are still in police custody awaiting a trial and formal charges.

Issued by interim President Adly Mansour on 24 November, the Protest Law necessitates that organisers of any public assembly, be it a political meeting, protest, or march, submit a written notice to the nearest police station with the locations of the planned assembly and the organisers’ contact information.

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Aaron T. Rose

Aaron T. Rose is an American journalist in Cairo. Follow him on Twitter: @Aaron_T_Rose


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