Egypt court jails 262 for offences at 2013 Cairo sit-in

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An Egyptian court sentenced 262 people on Tuesday (January 9) for security-related offences during a 2013 sit-in protest against the ousting of former president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, judicial sources said.

The accused were charged with causing the deaths of two policemen during clashes at al-Nahda square in Giza in southern Cairo, as well as other counts of attempted murder and vandalism.

Seventeen people were sentenced to life in prison, 223 were given 15 years and another 22 individuals were given three-year sentences. The court acquitted 115 others accused in the case.

Hundreds of Mursi sympathisers have been detained and prosecuted since his ousting. Egypt has banned the Muslim Brotherhood, deeming it a terrorist organisation.

Security forces have killed hundreds and detained thousands of members of the group, which says it is committed to political change through peaceful means only.

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