Cairo: An Egyptian military court has sentenced 17 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi for 5 to 10 years in prison for inciting violence attacking army personnel during the last year's sit-ins here.
The court acquitted one of the 18 defendants yesterday. The rest were handed sentences ranging from five to 10 years for rioting and attacking army units during clashes following the forcible dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins in Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares in the capital on 14 August 2013, Ahram online reported.
The defendants, reportedly members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiyaa, were accused of inciting violence, using force and throwing rocks at army personnel and attacking army units at El-Arbaeen Square in Suez.
They were also accused of attacking and torching five armoured vehicles in Suez.
Morsi is currently in prison over charges of killing peaceful protesters, espionage, escaping from prison during the January 25 Revolution in 2011, and insulting the jurisdiction.
He is also charged of spying and handing documents of national security importance to Qatari intelligence through the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news channel.
So far he has not been sentenced in any case.