According to a judicial source, an Egyptian court on Sunday acquitted 27 Muslim Brotherhood members who were accused of inciting murder and joining “terrorist group.”
The source added that one of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders, Mohamed Amer and 26 other members were acquitted by the Giza Criminal Court and they were being charged of storming a police station in Ossem village, southwest of Cairo, in mid-2013.
The defendants had been decided to be consigned in court in 2013 during protests and incidents by charges of storming the police station, joining a “terrorist group,” inciting murder, providing arms aid to fighter groups following a military coup that followed the deadly dispersal of a mass protest camp in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo’s Rabaa Square in mid-2013.
However, Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that 19 Brotherhood member were detained in the last 24 hours over the charges of inciting “violence,” and the number of detained group members within the past week increased to 200.
On July 3 2013, the Egyptian armed forces, led by General Abdel Fattah el Sisi, seized control of Egyptian government through a “military coup” that overthrew the country’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi by arresting officials loyal to Morsi in the following days along with other top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The pro-Morsi protests continued for six weeks following the military coup in Cairo, until the armed forces raided and killed hundreds of Morsi supporters on Aug. 14, 2013.
According to the Muslim Brotherhood movement, the number of deaths from the Rabaa Square alone was about 2,600.