Egypt sentences 14 people, including rights activists, to prison on terror charges

Egyptian security officers guard a courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, on November 8, 2017. (Nariman el-Mofty/AP)
Egyptian security officers guard a courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, on November 8, 2017. (Nariman el-Mofty/AP)

Egypt sentences 14 people, including rights activists, to prison terms ranging between five and 15 years on terrorism-related charges in a trial deplored by rights groups as unfair.

The verdicts — the latest mass sentencings in Egypt — are reported by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, one of the country’s most prominent human rights. The suspects were arrested in 2018 as part of a wide-ranging crackdown by authorities on dissent.

Two activist lawyers — Ezzat Ghoniem of the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms and Mohamed Abu Horarira — are sentenced to 15 years in prison each. They were convicted of joining and funding a terrorist group, which is government parlance for the Muslim Brotherhood.

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