11 Brotherhood leaders sentenced to life in prison

11 Brotherhood leaders sentenced to life in prison
Tue Sep 3, 2013 16:54:00

An Egyptian military court has sentenced 11 Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison for violence targeting the army in the port city of Suez last month.

Forty-five other Brotherhood members were handed five-year jail terms, and eight defendants were acquitted.

The convicted were accused of "shooting and adopting violent means" against the army in Suez on August 14 following a military crackdown in the streets of Cairo against supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

A Cairo court also ordered the closure of four television channels in Tuesday, including Al-Jazeera Egypt and Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The other two channels to be closed are the Brotherhood affiliated broadcasters Al-Yarmuk and Al-Quds, according to the court order.

The closure comes a day after broadcaster Al-Hafez, also lined with Brotherhood, was ordered shut following accusations that it was "inciting hatred" against Coptic Christians and "undermining national unity".

Ahrar 25 was among several other networks that went off air soon after ouster of Morsi.


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