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Egypt jails 65 Brotherhood members over incitement

| Updated: February 19, 2018 20:40:26


Members of the Muslim Brotherhood throw stones at riot police and army personnel during clashes in Cairo. (Reuters photo used for representation) Members of the Muslim Brotherhood throw stones at riot police and army personnel during clashes in Cairo. (Reuters photo used for representation)

A court in Egypt has sentenced 65 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to prison over inciting anti-state riots, protests and violence.

Prosecutors say the group was caught with inflammatory leaflets opposing the army and state institutions.

The court sentenced 44 to 10 years imprisonment, while the rest received two years, reports the Associated Press.

Under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt has waged its most sweeping crackdown on dissent in its modern history, a process that has intensified ahead of a March election in which el-Sissi faces no serious opposition.

Most recently, police arrested Abdel-Monaem Abul Fetouh, a senior Islamist leader, over his alleged links to the Brotherhood.

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