919 Morsi supporters to stand trial on violence charges

By Gamal Abdel-Moez, Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Egyptian judicial authorities on Wednesday referred 919 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to a criminal court on alleged violence charges.

Egyptian judicial authorities on Wednesday referred 919 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to a criminal court on alleged violence charges.

MINYA, Egypt – Egyptian judicial authorities on Wednesday referred 919 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to a criminal court on alleged violence charges.

A total of 715 people face assault and arson charges in Samalut in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya, senior prosecutor Abdel-Rahim Abdel-Malek told Anadolu Agency.

Some 204 people will also stand trial on murder and assault charges in al-Adwa village in Minya, he added.

On Monday, a criminal court in Minya condemned 528 Morsi supporters to death.

The defendants, including 397 tried in absentia, were convicted of committing acts of violence in Minya last August after security forces in Cairo and Giza violently dispersed two pro-Morsi sit-ins, leaving hundreds of protesters dead.

The court has since referred the sentences to the grand mufti – Egypt's top religious official – for non-binding endorsement.

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