Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: Court Acquits 12 Defendants, Sentences 14, in Qursaya Case

A military court ruled on Wednesday the acquittal of 12 defendants from charges of land encroachment in the case dubbed as the "Qursaya Island".

The court also sentenced 13 others to three months in prison who will be released for exceeding the legal detention period while one fugitive defendant was sentenced to five years in prison, lawyer Sayed Fathy told Aswat Masriya.

Twenty-six Qursaya Island residents had to stand military trials over allegations of attacking members and property of the military in light of November clashes with armed forces.

Egypt's army had accused residents of the Island of illegally occupying a piece of land following the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

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