Egypt: 11 Brotherhood Members Sentenced to Life

Egyptian military court sentences 11 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to life in prison for "aggression" against the army.

Elad Benari ,

Muslim Brotherhood supporters
Muslim Brotherhood supporters
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An Egyptian military court on Tuesday sentenced 11 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to life in prison after accusing them of "aggression" against the army in the city of Suez last month, reported AFP.

In the first such sentencing since the July 3 ouster of former president Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Brotherhood, the military court also sentenced 45 Brotherhood members to five years in jail while acquitting eight others.

The Islamists were accused of shooting and using violence against the army in Suez on August 14 following a military crackdown on Morsi's supporters in Cairo.

The military court delivered the verdict on Tuesday after holding two hearings against the accused on August 24 and 26, according to AFP.

The military had also accused the defendants of carrying guns and throwing firebombs at soldiers.

On August 14 the military carried out a deadly crackdown on Morsi supporters in the Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares, killing hundreds. It was the deadliest such crackdown in Egypt's recent history.

Since August 14, Egyptian authorities have carried out a relentless crackdown against Islamists in which more than 1,000 people have been killed and some 2,000 members of the Brotherhood arrested.

Dozens of leading Brotherhood figures have been arrested since security forces dispersed the two protest camps, including the movement’s Supreme Guide, Mohammed Badie.

Morsi himself has been referred for trial on charges of inciting the murder of protesters.

The accusations relate to violence outside the presidential palace in Cairo last December when seven people were killed in clashes.

On Monday, Egypt's State Commissioners Authority, a body that advises the government on legal issues, recommended the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood and the closing of its headquarters in Cairo.