The Military Court in Asyut sentenced 154 opponents of the regime to imprisonment ranging from 3 years up to life imprisonment. This ruling was in the case known in the media as “the breaking into the Minya police department case.”
A life sentence was given to 122 individuals, whose sentence was ruled in absentia; 32 individuals who were present were given prison sentences ranging between three and seven years; 2 others were acquitted for lack of evidence against them.
The public prosecutor had referred the accused to a military court in March 2015 after charging them with “planning among themselves to kill a number of police officers and citizens at the Minya police department.”
Over 60,000 prisoners are currently being held in Egyptian prisons for political reasons. They face charges related to protesting and belonging to an outlawed group. Most of the prisoners have been issued prison sentences for many years, with many receiving sentences for life imprisonment or a death penalty.