News

700 Sentenced to Year in Prison in ‘Rabaa Dispersal’ Case for ‘Insulting Judicial System’

700 Sentenced to Year in Prison in ‘Rabaa Dispersal’ Case for ‘Insulting Judicial System’

Protesters’ tents burn as police moved to disperse the sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adaweya in 2013.

About 700 defendants in the case known as the “Rabaa sit-in dispersal” have been handed a one-year prison sentence. The defendants were sentenced to prison for insulting the judicial system and “destabilizing” the court session.

Photojournalist Mahmoud Shawkan and at least 19 others in the case were not among those who received the sentence.

In sentencing the defendants to prison, the court also adjourned the case until 21 March.

The court also referred the defense team of the defendants who received the sentence to the General Prosecution for investigation into destabilizing the court session.

The defendants who received the one-year prison sentence had chanted during the court session against one of the police officers who was present as a witness. The officer is a member of the security force that was involved in the dispersal of protests at Rabaa Al-Adaweya.

The court decision was issued on the spot, with no prior investigations or hearings.

Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and other significant leaders in the group including Essam Al-Erian are being tried in the case along with about 739 defendants.

Shawkan was arrested along with the other defendants. Although Demotix, an international journalistic organization Shawkan used to work for, filed all the necessary documents to the Egyptian authorities proving that Shawkan was present during Rabaa dispersal for professional purposes, the photojournalist was still forced to stand in a mass trial.

On 14 August 2013, security forces violently dispersed Rabaa and Al-Nahda sit-ins. Hundreds were arrested and currently being tried in several cases on charges of vandalism, attempted murder and planning an armed insurrection. The protestors were demonstrating against the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.

Egyptian MP Files Motion to Extend Presidential Terms from 4 to 6 Years
British Foreign Minister Visits Egypt Amid Calls to Shed Light on Human Rights Situation

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt’s Assiut University Opens Door to Sudanese Students Amid Conflict

Egyptian StreetsJune 24, 2019

Palestine Calls New US Economic Plan “Second Balfour Declaration”

Egyptian StreetsJune 23, 2019

Egypt’s Parliament to Establish a New Law to Fight Fake Products and Brands

Egyptian StreetsJune 23, 2019

Iran Will ‘Confront’ Any American Aggression Amid Growing Tensions

Egyptian StreetsJune 22, 2019

Mahmoud Trezeguet Scores First Goal For Egypt at AFCON

Egyptian StreetsJune 21, 2019

Four Teenagers Spared Detention After Attack On Egyptian Student in 2018

Egyptian StreetsJune 21, 2019

Long-Awaited Naguib Mahfouz Museum to Open End of June

Egyptian StreetsJune 19, 2019

Who Was Mohamed Morsi? A Timeline of His Rise and Fall

Egyptian StreetsJune 18, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.