Egypt court jails 262 for offenses at 2013 Cairo sit-in

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi looks on during a trial session on charges of espionage in Cairo. (EPA)
Updated 09 January 2018
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Egypt court jails 262 for offenses at 2013 Cairo sit-in

CAIRO: An Egyptian court jailed 262 people from three years to life on Tuesday for security-related offenses during a 2013 sit-in protest against the ousting of former president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, judicial sources said.
They were charged with causing the deaths of two policemen during clashes at Al-Nahda square in Giza in southern Cairo, as well as other counts of attempted murder and vandalism.
Seventeen people were sentenced to life in prison, 223 were given 15 years and another 22 accused were given three years.
The court acquitted 115 others accused in the case.
Al-Nahda square was one of two sites where Mursi supporters gathered in the weeks following his overthrow by the military in July 2013 led by then general and now President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Sissi was elected in 2014 and is expected to seek a second term in a March vote this year.
Authorities broke up the two sit-ins — at Al-Nahda and Rabaa squares — in August 2013, killing hundreds of protesters. Protests were banned shortly after the two pro-Mursi camps were dispersed and scores were arrested.
Hundreds of Mursi sympathizers have been detained and prosecuted since his ousting. Egypt has banned the Muslim Brotherhood, deeming it a terrorist organization.
The government accuses the Brotherhood of fomenting an insurgency since Mursi’s removal. Militant attacks have killed hundreds of Egyptians, mostly soldiers and police.
Security forces have killed hundreds and detained thousands of members of the group, which says it is committed to political change through peaceful means only.
The court also ordered on Tuesday that those sentenced be fined a total of nearly 40 million Egyptian pounds ($2.27 million) for damaging public property.


Militants kill 10 Iran Guards at Iraqi border post: Agency

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Militants kill 10 Iran Guards at Iraqi border post: Agency

  • The agency quoted a Revolutionary Guards statement as saying that several of the attacking "terrorists" were also killed in the fighting in which a munitions depot was blown up
  • There is little coordination between Iranian and Iraqi forces over security of the porous border that has also been used by Daesh to enter Iran

DUBAI: Militants killed 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in an attack on a post on the Iraqi border on Saturday, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, the latest deadly clash in an area where armed opposition Kurdish groups are active.
The agency quoted a Revolutionary Guards statement as saying that several of the attacking "terrorists" were also killed in the fighting in which a munitions depot was blown up.
Provincial security official Hosein Khosheqbal told state television that 11 members of the Guards' voluntary Basij forces were killed in the overnight violence in the Marivan area, which he blamed on the Kurdish armed opposition group PJAK.
"The latest news is that the Basij and Guards forces are in hot pursuit of the attackers," Khosheqbal said.
The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) -- an outlawed group that seeks self-governance for Iran's Kurds and has links to Turkey's militant Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) -- operates in the border area, along with other armed Kurdish groups based in northern Iraq.
Earlier this month, the Revolutionary Guards said they had killed three militants in a security operation near the border with Iraq, and nine militants were reported killed by the Guards last month further north on the border.
There is little coordination between Iranian and Iraqi forces over security of the porous border that has also been used by Daesh to enter Iran.
Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Tuesday that security forces in southwest Iran arrested four suspected Daesh operatives who were planning attacks.
In June 2017, Daesh militants carried out coordinated attacks at the parliament building in Tehran and the mausoleum of Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini south of the capital, killing at least 18 people.