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Muslim Brotherhood supporters march in Egypt, protesting the overthrow of Mohamad Morsi

An Egyptian court sentenced 11 more members of the Muslim Brotherhood to life in prison for violence against the army on Tueday, September 3.

The verdict was entered in response to the widespread protests on August 14 by pro-Morsi forces in the city of Suez, following the crackdown on protests in Cairo. The name of the prisoners given life sentences has not been released.  A life sentence in Egypt carries a maximum of 25 years in prison, according to the Daily News of Egypt.

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Nearly 50 other Muslim Brotherhood defendants were found guilty of lesser charges and received five year sentences, while several were acquitted of all charges.

Charges against the defendants included murder and attempted murder of security forces and of civilians, destruction of public property including churches and military vehicles, and spreading chaos. Nearly 30 people were killed in the violence.

Four additional leading members of the Brotherhood were arrested on Tuesday.

On Sunday, September 1, former Egyptian president and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamad Morsi was charged with inciting violence which led to the deaths of at least seven people during clashes between opposition protesters and Brotherhood supporters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo in December, 2012.

 

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  1. If we want stability in the middle east as much as we say we do, then we should recognize there have been plenty of missed opportunities. Look at the situation in Egypt. We should be supporting the Egyptian military against the Muslim Brotherhood. Why, because this would give us a chance to deter terrorist groups from taking control of the country and maintain stability. What did Obama do, the exact opposite. In the late 70's we should have backed the Shaw who was more moderate and reform minded. Once again, we missed the boat. Just think of all the trouble we could have been spared. Obviously, this would not apply to every country in the region. But, we must seize the opportunities when they present themselves.

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