A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Egypt court convicts 113 Muslim Brotherhood supporters in three trials

Three courts in Egypt sentenced 113 supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and the Muslim Brotherhood [party website, JURIST news archive] on Thursday. In one of the largest mass trials to date, 63 individuals were sentenced [Reuters report] to three years in prison on charges of rioting, thuggery and weapons possession stemming from protest in Cairo in November. The sentence includes a fine of 50,000 Egyptian Pounds (USD $7,181). Bail was set at 5,000 Egyptian pounds (USD $720) allowing the convicted to remain free from prison while they appeal the verdict. According to Reuters, in a separate trial 24 Brotherhood supporters were also sentenced to three years in prison, with labor, over clashes around the same time in a different part of Cairo. In the third case, a court sentenced 26 students of Al-Azhar University [official website, in Arabic] to two-and-a-half years in prison each. The University, located in Cairo, has been the site of multiple anti-government and pro-Morsi rallies since Morsi's ousting.

Earlier this week the Muslim Brotherhood filed a complaint [JURIST report] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] alleging widespread and systematic crimes against humanity have been committed by the Egyptian military since its July coup [JURIST report] removing President Morsi from power. In December, 139 Morsi supporters were sentenced [JURIST report] to two year prison terms on a variety of charges including rioting and sabotage during a July 15 protest demanding Morsi's reinstatement. Earlier that month Egyptian state media reported [JURIST report] that ousted Morsi will be tried on charges of espionage and terrorism along with 35 other defendants, many of whom are also former high-level officials and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Also in December Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [JURIST report] the Egyptian government to reverse its decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, calling the label politically driven.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.