Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack

Egyptian security forces stand guard outside the court in Cairo, Egypt, in this file photo taken on January 3, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack

  • Egypt’s courts have sentenced hundreds of people to death or lengthy jail terms over the unrest that followed Mursi's overthrow
  • The same court on Monday sentenced 80 people to 25-year prison terms and a further 34 to 15 years each in jail over the Kerdassa incident

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 66 people to life in prison, including Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie, over an August 2013 attack on a police station in Minya. Death sentences were meted out to 183 people over the deadly attack on the police station in the southern province, before a retrial was ordered.
On Sunday, around 700 people were tried again in this case, said defense lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsood.
Sixty-six of the 700 were sentenced to life imprisonment, which is 25 years in Egypt, 288 were acquitted, six have died since the first trial and the rest were sentenced to between three and 15 years in prison.Saudi Arabia
Badie, 75, was on Sunday convicted of inciting his supporters to violence in the Minya case following the ouster of Mohammed Mursi in July 2013.
Badie, on trial in 35 cases related to the Brotherhood, has been sentenced to death in several of them but the verdicts have been overturned by the court of cassation. He received life sentences in more than five cases.
Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands arrested since the military ousted Mursi.
Elected after the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak, Mursi served as president for a year before being toppled after mass protests against his divisive rule.
His successor was former military chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. His government says its priority is to reform the economy and fight “terrorism,” and accusing its detractors of seeking to harm Egypt’s interests.
On Sept. 8, a Cairo court sentenced 75 people to death, including other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.


Tunisian police and protesters clash after death at police station

Policemen stand guard in Tunis. (AFP)
Updated 17 February 2019
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Tunisian police and protesters clash after death at police station

  • Tunisian activists say abuses by security forces have continued, albeit at a lower rate, since the 2011 revolution that overthrew the regime of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali

TUNIS: Police in Tunisia fired tear gas on Saturday to disperse demonstrators who protested after a young man died inside a police station near the coastal resort of Hammamet, witnesses said.
The young man was arrested on Friday after a fight between groups of youths in the town of Barraket Essahel, 60 km (37 miles) southeast of the capital Tunis, according to locals. While it was not immediately clear how he died, demonstrators blamed the security forces.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the young man had fainted after reaching the police station and died despite officers’ efforts to revive him. It said a judge had ordered an investigation.
Police in Barraket Essahel were not immediately available to comment.
Tunisian activists say abuses by security forces have continued, albeit at a lower rate, since the 2011 revolution that overthrew the regime of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.