World Bulletin / News Desk
Eight supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi are set to appear before a military court in the canal city of Suez on Tuesday to answer charges of involvement in recent acts of violence, a military source in Suez said Monday.
It will be the third such trial of pro-Morsi protesters before a Suez military court in recent months.
In September, a Suez military court slapped 64 Morsi backers with jail terms of varying length – including one life sentence – for alleged involvement in earlier attacks on military personnel and churches.
Many of the defendants were members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and the Gamaa Islamiya group in Suez.
Also in September, a military court sentenced three Brotherhood leaders in absentia to three years each in prison for "inciting violence."
Defendants in the third trial will face the same set of charges, namely, attacking army personnel and property and inciting violence against churches following the August 14 dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins in which hundreds were killed by security forces.
According to the military source, the trial will be conducted at a military facility on the Suez-Cairo road.
Defense lawyer Helmi Morsi told Anadolu Agency that the defendants planned to plead not guilty since they had not been involved in any wrongdoing.Last Mod: 28 Ekim 2013, 13:22