The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced 63 people to 15 years in prison, and 5 others to 10 years in prison in what it terms the “Azbakeya Riots” case, according to the state-owned Al-Ahram.
Security forces arrested the detainees from protests in Azbakeya on 6 October last year.
6 October also marks a national holiday celebrating the anniversary of Egypt’s 1973 war with Israel.
On 6 October last year, the military hosted celebrations in Tahrir Square to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the war.
Meanwhile, security forces killed at least 44 people in clashes with protestors in different parts of Cairo and throughout the country, according to the official Ministry of Health numbers.
According to Al-Ahram, the prosecutor charged the detained defendants with murder, attempted murder, crowding for the purpose of disrupting the implementation of law and regulation, attempting to break into Tahrir Square, attacking citizens, damaging public property and resisting authorities.