Egypt court jails 8 Brotherhood members for life


The verdicts are still subject to appeal

CAIRO – An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced eight members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group to life in prison for engaging in unlicensed protests and acts of violence, a judicial source has said.

The Cairo Criminal Court convicted the eight for multiple charges, including staging “unlicensed” protests, joining a “terrorist group,” and inciting violence, the source said.

The verdicts are still subject to appeal.

The Egyptian authorities have waged a relentless crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader, since the latter’s ouster by the military in mid-2013.

In late 2013, the Brotherhood was designated a “terrorist organization” by the government.

Morsi himself is standing trial on multiple charges, including espionage and jailbreak, which he insists are politically motivated.