Egypt sentences six Brotherhood supporters to ten years for ‘illegal assembly’
Muslim Brotherhood members await sentencing behind bars at Egypt's military court. (AFP/File)
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A criminal court in Cairo sentenced six Muslim Brotherhood supporters to ten years in prison on charges of illegal assembly.
The incident goes back to the events following the dispersal of protesters in the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares in August 2013. Violent clashes took place in the vicinity of a police station in Nasr City, in eastern Cairo.
The prosecution general accused the defendants of committing “assembly, inciting riots, display of power and threating to use violence in a way that disturbs public peace.”
The Rabaa and Nahda encampments were started in late June 2013 to show solidarity with the administration of former president Mohamed Morsi.
They were maintained for weeks following his ouster in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
The dispersals left hundreds of protesters dead in what was described by Human Rights Watch as "the most serious incident of mass unlawful killings in modern Egyptian history."
Since Morsi's ouster, Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members have often found themselves behind bars where they either serve time or await trial verdicts.