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MB protester gets 3 years prison in Assiut

A Muslim Brotherhood member was sentenced to three years in prison in the southern city of Assiut on Thursday, while 48 others were referred to criminal court in the northern city of Zagazig, reported the state-owned Middle East News Agency (MENA).

Pharmacist Abdel Nasser Hamouda was arrested while participating in a pro-Brotherhood protest last summer. Police forces say at the time of arrest Hamouda was carrying a plan detailing how to prevent security forces from dispersing the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in, and tactics for attacking the police and forcing them to withdraw. His trial was referred to the Assiut Criminal Court in December.

On Thursday, Hamouda was found guilty of belonging to a terrorist organization, illegal assembly, threatening national security, disrupting the peace, blocking roads and inciting violence.

In Zagazig, 48 members and leaders of the banned Islamist organization were referred to criminal court on allegations of belonging to a terrorist organization, resisting arrest, inciting riots that led to the injury of civilians and vandalizing public and private property.

Also on Thursday, the trial of 23 defendants accused of killing Police General Nabil Farrag in Kerdasa was adjourned to March 29, MENA reported.

Farrag was shot dead in September when police forces stormed the Cairo neighborhood to apprehend suspected members of alleged terrorist organizations, who were accused of murdering police officers inside the Kerdasa police station following the August dispersal of the Rabea sit-in.

The defendants are accused of attempted murder and forming a jihadist terrorist cell targeting police and army officers.

A Brotherhood member was arrested in the northern city of Tanta on Thursday for alleged involvement in acts of setting police trucks on fire. Also in Tanta, four other individuals who were accused of belonging to a terrorist organization were released from detention, MENA reported.