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Egypt Tries Six Educators, Administrative Workers over Terror Charges

Egypt Tries Six Educators, Administrative Workers over Terror Charges

Tuesday, 6 November, 2018 - 13:00
MB senior leader Mohammed Badie behind bars, Asharq Al Awsat
Cairo – Mohammad Abdo Hassanein
Egyptian prosecutors in Minya Governorate summoned six workers in the Upper Egypt Matai education and health departments for trial over terror activities that took place after the overthrow of Egypt’s former President Mohammad Morsi.

The defendants were involved plots for disrupting public peace and targeting security apparatuses in the region, local Administrative Control Authority Spokesman Mohamad Samir said.

They are also facing charges for conspiring with unidentified perpetrators for carrying out the premeditated murder of a police officer and vandalizing public property.

On another hand, a Giza court postponed the retrial of seven Muslim Brotherhood defendants, among which is their senior leader Mohammed Badie. Trials were moved to January 10, 2019.

All seven culprits will face charges of involvement in violence crimes, public incitement, terror and vandalism in the case known publicly as “El Istiqamah Mosque violence incidents” case. The incidents took place in Giza in the wake of the June 30, 2013 riots.

The retrial comes in the light of the decision of the Court of Cassation to annul life imprisonment sentences facing each of the defendants.

Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed el Beltagi and Essam el Eryan are also among the defendants.

In the case of El Istiqamah Mosque violence, Badie and his co-defendants are accused of killing 10 and attempting to murder 20 as well as provoking violence following the July 3 ouster of Morsi.

Egypt has witnessed a wave of brutal violence after security forces disbanded Morsi supporters taking to the streets. Since 2013 Egyptian criminal courts have issued hundreds of verdicts in cases related to those protests and violence.

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