CAIRO, May 18 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian court sentenced 126 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to 10 years in prison over violence that erupted last August in Kafar Sheikh Delta province, state-run Nile TV reported on Sunday.
The defendants were accused of storming police stations and inciting violence following the ouster of the former president Mohamed Morsi last July.
Security forces used excessive force to disperse two major pro- Morsi sit-ins in mid-August last year in the capital Cairo and Giza, leaving about 1,000 killed and thousands of others arrested.
In response, furious supporters of the deposed president staged anti-police rallies across the country that extended to storm police stations in dozens of provinces including Kafar Sheikh.
The Brotherhood group was blacklisted by the interim-government last December as a "terrorist organization." In Sunday's trial, the charges also included membership of the blacklisted Brotherhood.
As judge Hassan Fareed read out the sentence, the defendants chanted "down with military rule," in reference to the presidential candidate, former army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the overthrow of Morsi.
The trial came after nearly 700 supporters of Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death last month, which sparked an international outcry and raised questions over the independence and justice of Egypt's judiciary system.
CAIRO, May 10 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian prosecution referred Saturday 200 suspect members of a Sinai-based terrorist group to criminal court over murder and vandalism charges, state-run Ahram news website reported.
The 200 suspect members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis are accused of cooperation with al-Qaida organization and the Palestinian Hamas movement in plotting and carrying out 41 terrorist attacks across Egypt since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July. Full story