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.


Russia says Syrian government forces has halted fire in Idlib

Updated 20 May 2019
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Russia says Syrian government forces has halted fire in Idlib

  • The last round of violence also displaced some 180,000 in opposition-held areas
DAMASCUS: Syrian government forces have unilaterally ceased fire in the northern Idlib province, the last major opposition stronghold, Russia said on Sunday, while opposition activists reported continued shelling and airstrikes.
Fighting erupted in Idlib late last month, effectively shattering a cease-fire negotiated by Russia and Turkey that had been in place since September. Russia has firmly backed Syria’s Bashar Assad regime in the eight-year civil war, while Turkey has supported the opposition.
In a brief statement on Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Sides in Syria said regime forces had ceased fire as of midnight. It described the move as unilateral, but did not give details.
The pro-government Syrian Central Military Media said regime forces responded to shelling by militants on Sunday on the edge of Idlib. It gave no further details.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitoring group, reported an airstrike on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, saying it inflicted casualties.
The opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense also reported shelling near the town of Jisr Al-Shughour without reporting any casualties.
Syrian government forces intensified their attacks as of April 30 on Idlib. The area is home to some 3 million people, many of whom are internally displaced. The last round of violence also displaced some 180,000 in opposition-held areas.