Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: Prosecutor Sends 17 to Trial Over Alexandria Violence

Alexandria — Egypt's prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat referred 17 people to trial on Saturday over violence that took place in Alexandria's Sidi Bishr last year following the dispersal of sit-ins supporting ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

The top prosecutor said in a statement on Saturday that investigations have revealed that the defendants were involved in thuggery, traffic disruption and the premeditated murder of seven civilians and the attempted murder of 26 others.

They were also accused of committing terrorist acts, assembling, carrying arms, vandalizing public and private property and belonging to a terrorist organization.

The Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terrorist group towards the end of last year in response to violence that followed Mursi's ouster.

The prosecutor added that forensic reports have shown that the victims died due to gunshot wounds.

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