Egypt court jails Assad opponents for 'illegal assembly'

Prosecutors had accused the defendants – all of whom were tried in absentia – of several offenses, including illegal assembly, assault and resisting authorities.

Egypt court jails Assad opponents for 'illegal assembly'

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court on Tuesday slapped 13 opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – all of them Syrian nationals – with five-year jail terms each on charges of "illegal assembly," a judicial source has said.

The charges relate to an anti-Assad protest staged in Cairo in March 2012.

Prosecutors had accused the defendants – all of whom were tried in absentia – of several offenses, including illegal assembly, assault and resisting authorities.

Tuesday's verdicts, however, remain subject to appeal.

Syria has been in the throes of civil war since March 2011, when a peaceful uprising against al-Assad escalated into an armed insurrection following a violent government crackdown on anti-regime demonstrations.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based NGO, said Thursday that it had documented 146,650 deaths in Syria since the beginning of the conflict.

Last Mod: 11 Haziran 2014, 09:44
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