Egypt’s court removes names of 31 Brotherhood loyalists from terror list

President, AbdelFattah al-Sisi
Egyptian President, AbdelFattah al-Sisi. [Photo credit: Nile International]

Egyptian top court on Tuesday removed 31 members and supporters of the currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group from the terrorist list over a case related to the deadly protests in 2014.

The Court of Cassation removed the 31 Brotherhood loyalists from the terror list over charges of involvement in the violent protests in Cairo’s Ain Shams district in early 2014 that left three citizens dead, including a journalist, a woman and a child, the official MENA news agency reported.

The 2014 protests erupted after then army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, now the newly reelected president, announced running for president a year after he ousted former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In the same case, Cairo Criminal Court sentenced in February 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.

Since Mr Morsi’s ouster in early July 2013, Egypt has been facing a wave of terror attacks that have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, as well as civilians.

A Sinai-based militant group affiliated with the regional terror group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian forces have killed hundreds of terrorists and arrested thousands of suspects during the country’s anti-terror war declared by al-Sisi following Morsi’s ouster.


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