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119 Muslim Brotherhood members to be tried on 6 September

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Defendants stand accused of breaking into a police station during Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in in 2013

Minya Criminal Court will try 119 Muslim Brotherhood members on 6 September  for violence that occurred during the Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in in August 2013. According to Khaled Al-Komi, a lawyer working on the case, the defendants are accused of breaking into Samalot Police Station.

The Samalot Authority Prosecutor in Minya has referred the defendants to the Minya Criminal Court following the clashes in Rabaa Al Adawya sit-in in 2013, according to State-run Al-Ahram.

Protests broke out in different governorates across Egypt on Thursday, which marked the one-year anniversary of Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in dispersal, leaving 14 people dead.

The Ministry of Interior has confirmed the death of one policeman during the confrontations.

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said security forces were successful in securing the streets during the anniversary, stating that “14 August will remain the immortal memory of the martyrdom of 114 policemen”.

According to Human Rights Watch’s one year investigation report, 1,000 protestors were killed during the dispersal on 14 August 2013 which it described as “crimes against humanity”.

The ministry said that 193 people were arrested during Friday violence as “terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood” attempted to block roads and fire live ammunition.

The Brotherhood meanwhile has denied all accusations of violence in an official statement released Sunday, stating its rejection of “the violence by the military junta”.

The Misdemeanour Court in Minya acquitted 11 Muslim Brotherhood members on Sunday, accused of rioting and violence in the days before the one year anniversary of Rabaa sit-in, according to Al-Komi.


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