A military court in Alexandria city of Egypt sentenced 250 Muslim Brotherhood members, including several leaders of the organisation to life in prison over charges of violence, said a legal source on Tuesday.
Last year, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi approved the legislation allowing the suspects accused of committing crimes against the state to be referred to military courts.
The defendants are part of a group of more than 500 people facing charges of violence in relation to incidents that occurred in the Nile Delta province of Beheira in 2013 following the military coup against Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi.
Gamal Heshmat, former lawmaker of Brotherhood and Osama Suleiman, former governor who are currently outside of the country are among the defendants sentenced to life.
According to the legal source, the court also punished 207 defendants with prison sentences ranging between five to 15 years and acquitted 54 others.
Local and international rights organisations expressed their concern that the defendants would not be judged fairly before military tribunals.
Sisi came to office in June 2014 with a military coup overthrowing president Mohamed Morsi.
At least 2,600 people were killed and almost 41,000 people were arrested in violence and crackdown of the following 18 months after Morsi was deposed in July 2013.