Egypt military court slaps 70 people with jail terms

CAIRO (AA) – A military court on Tuesday sentenced 70 people to jail terms of varying lengths for violence allegedly committed after Egypt’s bloody 2013 military coup, according to a legal source.

The court sentenced 39 defendants to life in prison for allegedly storming local police stations and churches in Egypt’s central Minya province in mid-2013, defense lawyer Khaled al-Koumi told Anadolu Agency.

According to al-Koumi, 11 other defendants were slapped with 10-year prison terms, 17 with seven-year terms and three with five-year terms.

Twenty-one other defendants in the case were acquitted due to a lack of evidence, the lawyer said.

The court sentences can still be appealed before a military appeals tribunal, according to al-Koumi.