Egypt courts acquit 29 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters

Tuesday 19-01-2016 07:13 PM

CAIRO, Jan. 19 (Aswat Masriya) – Two Egyptian courts acquitted Tuesday 29 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters charged with inciting violence.

Twenty- two of the defendants were charged with inciting violence and damaging public and private property in Suez during events that date back to 2014 when clashes broke out between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and citizens.

Out of the 22, 11 were in prison and 11 are at large.

A Giza court also acquitted seven alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters charged with inciting violence as well.

Following the military ouster of Mursi in July 2013, led by then-Defence Minister Sisi, the government has launched a severe crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood leaders, members and supporters nationwide.

The military ouster was in response to mass protests against Mursi’s rule on June 30, 2013.

The crackdown involved the violent dispersal of Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares in August 2013, where the Muslim Brotherhood supporters gathered to protest against the ouster of Mursi.

According to Human Rights Watch, the dispersal left more than a 1,000 people dead in what the watchdog described as the “most serious incident of mass unlawful killings in modern Egyptian history.”

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