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Egyptian court jails 32 up to 25 years over 2014 violence
Last Updated: 2018-02-12 07:33 | Xinhua
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An Egyptian court sentenced on Sunday 32 defendants up to 25 years in jail over violent riots that killed three citizens in early 2014.

Cairo Criminal Court sentenced 17 defendants to 25 years in jail, nine to 15 years, four to 10 years and two to seven years while acquitting 15 of the charges of committing acts of violence against the police as well as civilians in Cairo's Ain Shams district in early 2014.

The unrest left three citizens killed, including a female journalist, a Christian woman and a child.

The investigations showed that the defendants were loyalists of the currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi who was ousted by the military in July 2013.

The prosecution said that 25 of the defendants confessed their affiliation with the group.

Many Brotherhood leaders, members and supporters, including Morsi and the group's top chief Mohamed Badie, are currently jailed.

Many of them have received appealable death sentences and life imprisonments over various charges varying from inciting violence and murder to espionage and jailbreak.

Morsi is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence over inciting deadly clashes between his supporters and opponents in late 2012 and a 25-year jail term over leaking classified documents to Qatar.

The 2014 violent protests erupted after then army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, announced running for presidency that year.

Sisi is also expected to make an easy win for a second term in the 2018 presidential elections due to the lack of strong challengers in the race.

Following Morsi's removal, a massive security crackdown on Morsi's supporters left hundreds dead and thousands arrested.

Since then, Egypt has been facing a wave of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, as well as civilians. Most of these attacks were claimed by a Sinai-based militant group loyal to Islamic State (IS), the regional terrorist group.

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